Definition of whippy in English:


adjectivewhippier, whippiest

  • Flexible; springy.

    ‘new growths of whippy sapling twigs’
    • ‘She wanted a whippy switch off a willow tree in the front yard.’
    • ‘Still, his whippy backhand and energy in the chase ensured that not all of Henman's errors yesterday were unforced.’
    • ‘The men hold heavy, thick-ended knouts of ash; most of their sons carry whippy stems of hazel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Select a long whippy stem that is close to the ground.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tied to these are the whippy rose stems, which will soon sprout flowering shoots along their length.’
    • ‘The 36 inch Bore Tech rod is really too long and is a bit whippy.’
    • ‘She didn't see the small whippy vines growing swiftly at her feet - at least until they tripped her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A broomstick is too stiff, a fishing rod is too whippy.’
    • ‘Although the main stem is still thin and whippy, it is an attractive, shiny, deep purple in colour.’
    pliable, supple, easily bent, bendable, pliant, malleable, mouldable, stretchable, workable, limber, ductile, tensile, plastic
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