- The definition of lash is defined as to whip, swing quickly or strike with force.
An example of to lash is hitting someone with a tree branch.
- a whip, esp. the flexible striking part as distinguished from the handle
- a stroke with or as with a whip; switch
- a sharp, censuring or rebuking remark
- an eyelash
Origin of lashMiddle English lassche ; from the verb
- to strike or drive with or as with a lash; flog
- to swing or move quickly or angrily; switch: the cat lashed her tail
- to strike with great force; dash against: waves lashed the cliffs
- to attack violently in words; censure or rebuke
- to incite by appealing to the emotions: to lash a crowd into a frenzy of anger
Origin of lashME laschen < ?
- to move quickly or violently; switch
- to make strokes with or as with a whip
- to strike out violently
- to speak angrily or in bitter criticism
Origin of lashMiddle English lashen ; from Old French lachier, variant, variety of lacier: see lace
- a. A stroke or blow with or as if with a whip.b. A whip.c. The flexible portion of a whip, such as a plait or thong.
- Punishment administered with a whip.
- a. A lacerating presence or power: the lash of conscience.b. A caustic verbal attack.
- An eyelash.
verblashed, lash·ing, lash·es
- To strike with or as if with a whip.
- To strike against with force or violence: sleet lashing the roof.
- To beat or swing rapidly: The alligator lashed its tail in the water.
- To make a scathing oral or written attack against.
- To drive or goad; sting: words that lashed them into action.
- To move swiftly or violently; thrash: heard the snake lashing about in the leaves.
- a. To aim a sudden blow; strike: The mule lashed out with its hind legs.b. To beat; flail: waves lashing at the shore.
- To make a scathing verbal or written attack. Often used with out: lashed out at her critics during the interview.
Origin of lashMiddle English, probably from lashen, to deal a blow, perhaps of imitative origin.
transitive verblashed, lash·ing, lash·es
Origin of lashMiddle English lashen, lasen, to lace, from Old French lachier, lacier, from Vulgar Latin *laceāre, from Latin laqueāre, to ensnare, from laqueus, snare; see lace.
- The thong or braided cord of a whip, with which the blow is given.
- I observed that your whip wanted a lash to it. — Joseph Addison.
- A stroke with a whip, or anything pliant and tough.
- The culprit received thirty-nine lashes.
- A stroke of satire or sarcasm; an expression or retort that cuts or gives pain; a cut.
- The moral is a lash at the vanity of arrogating that to ourselves which succeeds well. — Roger L'Estrange
- A hair growing from the edge of the eyelid; an eyelash.
- In carpet weaving, a group of strings for lifting simultaneously certain yarns, to form the figure.
(third-person singular simple present lashes, present participle lashing, simple past and past participle lashed)
- To strike with a lash; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one.
- We lash the pupil, and defraud the ward. — John Dryden
- To strike forcibly and quickly, as with a lash; to beat, or beat upon, with a motion like that of a lash.
- the whale lashes the sea with its tail.
- And big waves lash the frighted shores. — John Dryden
- To throw out with a jerk or quickly.
- He falls, and lashing up his heels, his rider throws. — John Dryden
- To scold; to berate; to satirize; to censure with severity.
- to lash vice
- To bind with a rope, cord, thong, or chain, so as to fasten.
- to lash something to a spar
- lash a pack on a horse's back
- (intransitive) To ply the whip; to strike.
- (intransitive) To utter censure or sarcastic language.
- To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice. — John Dryden
- (intransitive, of rain) To fall heavily, especially in the phrase lash down
(comparative more lash, superlative most lash)
From Old French lasche (French lâche).