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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Whipjack a poor whining seaman who never was at sea
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. whippen; prob. a form of wippen—Old Dut. wippen, to shake, conn. with Old High Ger. wipph, swinging motion (Ger. weifen, to move), and akin to L. vibrāre, to tremble.


In literature:

Freshwater mariners or whipjacks.
"Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)" by Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed