- 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.
lash definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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: ME laschen < ?
- to move quickly or violently; switch
- to make strokes with or as with a whip
- lasher noun
Origin: Middle English lashen ; from Old French lachier, variant, variety of lacier: see lace
lash definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- 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: Middle English, probably from lashen, to deal a blow, perhaps of imitative origin.
- lashˈer noun
transitive verb lashed, lash·ing, lash·es
Origin: Middle English lashen, lasen, to lace, from Old French lachier, lacier, from Vulgar Latin *laceāre, from Latin laqueāre, to ensnare, from laqueus, snare; see lace.
- lashˈer noun
lash - Phrases/Idioms
- to strike out violently
- to speak angrily or in bitter criticism