see also: Lash
  • (British, America) IPA: /læʃ/

lash (plural lashes)

  1. The thong or braided cord of a whip, with which the blow is given.
    • I observed that your whip wanted a lash to it.
  2. (obsolete) A leash in which an animal is caught or held; hence, a snare.
  3. A stroke with a whip, or anything pliant and tough.
    The culprit received thirty-nine lashes.
  4. 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.
  5. A hair growing from the edge of the eyelid; an eyelash.
  6. In carpet weaving, a group of strings for lifting simultaneously certain yarns, to form the figure.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: sferzata
  • Russian: ре́зкий упрёк

lash (lashes, present participle lashing; past and past participle lashed)

  1. (transitive) To strike with a lash; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one.
    • John Dryden
      We lash the pupil, and defraud the ward.
  2. (transitive) To strike forcibly and quickly, as with a lash; to beat, or beat upon, with a motion like that of a lash.
    • John Dryden
      The whale lashes the sea with its tail.
      And big waves lash the frighted shores.
  3. (transitive) To throw out with a jerk or quickly.
    • He falls, and lashing up his heels, his rider throws.
  4. (transitive) To scold; to berate; to satirize; to censure with severity.
    to lash vice
  5. (intransitive) To ply the whip; to strike.
  6. (intransitive) To utter censure or sarcastic language.
    • To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice.
  7. (intransitive, of rain) To fall heavily, especially in the phrase lash down
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lash (lashes, present participle lashing; past and past participle lashed)

  1. (transitive) 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


  1. (obsolete) Remiss, lax.
  2. (obsolete) Relaxed.
  3. Soft, watery, wet.
    • 1658, Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 211)
      Fruits being unwholesome and lash before the fourth or fifth Yeare.
  4. (Ulster) excellent, wonderful
    We’re off school tomorrow, it’s gonna be lash!
    That Chinese (food) was lash!
  5. (Britain) Drunk.
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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