Definition of whiplash in English:



  • 1The flexible part of a whip or something resembling it.

    1. 1.1[usually in singular]The lashing action of a whip.
      figurative ‘he cringed before the icy whiplash of Curtis's tongue’
  • 2Injury caused by a severe jerk to the head, typically in a motor-vehicle accident.

    • ‘Dave Miller will welcome back striker Kenny Smith, who was rested for Tuesday's President's Cup win after suffering whiplash in a road accident.’
    • ‘One officer was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital for head injuries and whiplash.’
    • ‘She escaped with severe bruising and whiplash while her sister Pauline, 21, had fractures to an arm, a foot and a cheekbone.’
    • ‘A 4x4 vehicle hit the side of the car containing the pregnant woman, who was taken to hospital suffering from severe whiplash and bruising.’
    • ‘Firefighters cut the 44-year-old free from the crushed vehicle and he was treated for severe whiplash and back injuries at the Great Western Hospital.’
    • ‘The first followed a head on collision with a bus, where she had to be cut out of the car and fortunately her only injury was severe whiplash.’
    • ‘In other patients, he discovers a spinal injury, such as whiplash, occurred before the onset of symptoms.’
    • ‘The children, pupils of William Harrison School and Beckett School in Gainsborough, were treated for minor injuries, such as whiplash, at Lincoln County Hospital.’
    • ‘On Monday a man was taken to hospital with facial injuries and whiplash after the bollard rose in front of his car.’
    • ‘In January this year, a paramedic was taken to hospital with whiplash when his ambulance hit the bollard as the vehicle sped to a 999 call.’
    • ‘Car accidents, excessive head contact in sports, severe whiplash, falls, and blows to the head may all cause concussions.’
    • ‘He spent seven weeks in hospital and his wife received severe whiplash and internal injuries.’
    • ‘A paramedic was taken to hospital suffering from whiplash when his ambulance hit the ‘intelligent’ rising bollard in Stonebow.’
    • ‘Correctly adjusted headrests can significantly reduce the injury from whiplash and should be installed onto car seats wherever possible.’
    • ‘The central focus of the book relates to the author's work with motor vehicle accident victims suffering with whiplash and post-concussion syndrome.’
    • ‘Rob Smith from East Mount Road said he started swimming to help him with serious back problems after suffering whiplash in a car accident.’
    • ‘Mrs Townsend, 58, received severe whiplash and other injuries in the accident last July while driving a delivery van for Cafco Automotive, New Milton.’
    • ‘You do have a severe case of whiplash, and, unfortunately, you're going to have to be in a neck brace for a while.’
    • ‘The driver of the BMW, a 51-year-old from Melksham, was also taken to hospital suffering from whiplash and shock.’
    • ‘All SBS cases had a clinical history of whiplash shaking of the head and had autopsy findings of subdural, subarachnoid, and bilateral retinal hemorrhages.’


  • 1 Jerk or jolt (someone or something) suddenly, typically so as to cause injury.

    ‘the force of impact had whiplashed the man's head’
    • ‘The listener is then whiplashed into a wall of Nirvana-esque fuzz guitar that begs to be moshed to.’
    • ‘When back-to-back hurricanes whiplashed the African island nation of Madagascar in February and March of 2000, Karen Freudenberger thought the Fianarantsoa Côte Est railroad may have reached the end of its line.’
    • ‘Imagine coming down with 260 pounds on your shoulders, and I'm following it with the momentum, and whiplashing myself down into him.’
    • ‘Four years ago back-to-back cyclones whiplashed Madagascar over a two-month span.’
    1. 1.1[no object]Move suddenly and forcefully, like a whip being cracked.
      ‘he rammed the yacht, sending its necklace of lights whiplashing from the bridge’
      • ‘As we towed a glider, the nylon rope broke and whiplashed into our plane, damaging the rudder.’
      • ‘Kate's head whiplashed to the left as her body went right.’
      • ‘Finally, amethyst light whiplashed around the two of them, preventing them from moving.’
      • ‘Quarter heard the impact as his face was whiplashed to the side.’
      • ‘Strands of the light whiplashed round the mindscape, and the blue flame recoiled.’