Definition of whippy in US English:



  • Flexible; springy.

    ‘new growths of whippy sapling twigs’
    • ‘Although the main stem is still thin and whippy, it is an attractive, shiny, deep purple in colour.’
    • ‘A broomstick is too stiff, a fishing rod is too whippy.’
    • ‘Select a long whippy stem that is close to the ground.’
    • ‘We still had the Labrador and resolved to dispatch it home whatever, which proved a great game, and we only succeeded by shouting and waving long whippy sticks.’
    • ‘The men hold heavy, thick-ended knouts of ash; most of their sons carry whippy stems of hazel.’
    • ‘Tied to these are the whippy rose stems, which will soon sprout flowering shoots along their length.’
    • ‘After three or four shots with a wooden stick, the fibers start to break down and the stick becomes whippy, says Easton vice president Ned Goldsmith.’
    • ‘Wooden clubs required two properties: a head sufficiently hard to withstand successive hits on the ball and a springy or whippy, shaft.’
    • ‘Cursing, Kari took off after it in a headlong sprint, not heeding the sharp sting of a whippy branch striking her cheek.’
    • ‘She didn't see the small whippy vines growing swiftly at her feet - at least until they tripped her.’
    • ‘Still, his whippy backhand and energy in the chase ensured that not all of Henman's errors yesterday were unforced.’
    • ‘She wanted a whippy switch off a willow tree in the front yard.’
    • ‘The 36 inch Bore Tech rod is really too long and is a bit whippy.’
    pliable, supple, easily bent, bendable, pliant, malleable, mouldable, stretchable, workable, limber, ductile, tensile, plastic
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