"wipe" Definition

Definitions for the word "wipe" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. v.
(-ping) 1 clean or dry the surface of by rubbing. 2 rub (a cloth) over a surface. 3 spread (a liquid etc.) Over a surface by rubbing. 4 (often foll. By away, off, etc.) A clear or remove by wiping. B erase or eliminate completely. n. 1 act of wiping. 2 piece of specially treated material for wiping (antiseptic wipes). wipe down clean (a wall etc.) By wiping. Wipe the floor with colloq. Inflict a humiliating defeat on. Wipe off annul (a debt etc.). Wipe out 1 destroy, annihilate, obliterate. 2 clean the inside of. Wipe up 1 dry (dishes etc.). 2 take up (a liquid etc.) By wiping. [old english]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
2. slang
a pocket-handkerchief.—_Old Cant._
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864
3. slang
a blow. Frequently sibilated to SWIPE, a cricket-term.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864
4. slang
to strike; “he fetcht me a WIPE over the knuckles,” he struck me on the knuckles; “to WIPE a person down,” to flatter or pacify; “to wipe off a score,” to pay one’s debts, in allusion to the slate or chalk methods of account-keeping; “to WIPE a person’s eye,” to shoot game which he has missed; hence to obtain an advantage by superior activity. With old topers “WIPING one’s eye,” is equivalent to giving or taking another drink.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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