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wipe (v.)

Old English wipian "to wipe, cleanse," from Proto-Germanic *wipjan "to move back and forth" (source also of Danish vippe, Middle Dutch, Dutch vippen, Old High German wifan "to swing"), from PIE root *weip- "to turn, vacillate, tremble."

wipe (n.)

1640s, "act of wiping," from wipe (v.). From 1708 as "something used in wiping" (especially a handkerchief); 1971 as "disposable absorbent tissue."

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Definitions of wipe from WordNet
1
wipe (v.)
rub with a circular motion;
wipe the blackboard
Synonyms: pass over
2
wipe (n.)
the act of rubbing or wiping;
Synonyms: rub
From wordnet.princeton.edu