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 lÃ¢che).