wipe

A blow, or reproach.
I'll give you a wipe on the chops.

That story gave him a fine wipe.
Also a handkerchief.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

Wipe (?), n. [Cf. Sw. vipa, Dan. vibe, the lapwing.] Zool.

The lapwing.

[Prov. Eng.]

 

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Wipe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wiped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Wiping.] [OE. vipen, AS. wipian; cf. LG. wiep a wisp of straw, Sw. vepa to wrap up, to cuddle one's self up, vepa a blanket; perhaps akin to E. whip.]

1.

To rub with something soft for cleaning; to clean or dry by rubbing; as, to wipe the hands or face with a towel.

Let me wipe thy face. Shak.

I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down. 2 Kings xxi. 13.

2.

To remove by rubbing; to rub off; to obliterate; -- usually followed by away, off or out. Also used figuratively.

"To wipe out our ingratitude."

Shak.

Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them soon. Milton.

3.

To cheat; to defraud; to trick; -- usually followed by out.

[Obs.]

Spenser.

If they by coveyne [covin] or gile be wiped beside their goods. Robynson (More's Utopia)

To wipe a joint Plumbing, to make a joint, as between pieces of lead pipe, by surrounding the junction with a mass of solder, applied in a plastic condition by means of a rag with which the solder is shaped by rubbing. -- To wipe the nose of, to cheat. [Old Slang]

 

© Webster 1913.


Wipe, n.

1.

Act of rubbing, esp. in order to clean.

2.

A blow; a stroke; a hit; a swipe.

[Low]

3.

A gibe; a jeer; a severe sarcasm.

Swift.

4.

A handkerchief.

[Thieves' Cant or Slang]

5.

Stain; brand.

[Obs.] "Slavish wipe."

Shak.

 

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