whippet

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English[edit]

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Whippet

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from whip in the sense of 'to move quickly' and diminutive suffix -et.

Noun[edit]

whippet (plural whippets)

  1. A dog of a certain breed, similar to a small greyhound, originating in Britain and bred for racing.

Etymology 2[edit]

From whipped cream, since "whippits" are typically sold in the United States for use in making whipped cream.

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Noun[edit]

whippet (plural whippets)

  1. (slang) A cartridge of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), used as a recreational inhalant drug.
    • 2004, Sandra P. Riggin, Forbidden Memories: A Journey of Healing (→ISBN):
      I was smoking hash from under glasses, sniffing glue, doing whippets, popping speed, smoking pot, dropping acid, and occasionally shooting dope.