from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a breed of swift, short-haired dog developed in England for racing, resembling the greyhound but smaller.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A breed of dog, similar to a small greyhound, originating in Britain and bred for racing.
  • n. A whippit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of dog, in breed between a greyhound and a spaniel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small slender dog of greyhound type developed in England


Probably from whip.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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