Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A scapegoat.
  • n. A boy formerly raised with a prince or other young nobleman and whipped for the latter's misdeeds.

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  • n. Someone punished for the errors of others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who is punished for the errors of others

Etymologies

Middle English wippen "flap violently", from Proto-Germanic wipp-, from Proto-Indo-European wib- "move quickly". Whipping boy first recorded 1647. (Wiktionary)

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