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verb \ˈhwip, ˈwip\

Simple Definition of whip

  • : to hit (a person or animal) with a whip or with something that is like a whip

  • : to move (something) to a different position or remove (something) from a place quickly and forcefully

  • : to move quickly or forcefully

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whip



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take, pull, snatch, jerk, or otherwise move very quickly and forcefully <whipped out his gun — Green Peyton>

  3. 2 a (1) :  to strike with a slender lithe implement (as a lash or rod) especially as a punishment (2) :  spank b :  to drive or urge on by or as if by using a whip c :  to strike as a lash does <rain whipped the pavement>

  4. 3 a :  to bind or wrap (as a rope or fishing rod) with cord for protection and strength b :  to wind or wrap around something

  5. 4 :  to belabor with stinging words :  abuse

  6. 5 :  to seam or hem with shallow overcasting stitches

  7. 6 :  to overcome decisively :  defeat

  8. 7 :  to stir up :  incite —usually used with up <trying to whip up a new emotion — Ellen Glasgow>

  9. 8 :  to produce in a hurry —usually used with up <a sketch … an artist might whip up — New York Times>

  10. 9 :  to fish (water) with rod, line, and artificial lure

  11. 10 :  to beat (as eggs or cream) into a froth with a utensil (as a whisk or fork)

  12. 11 :  to gather together or hold together for united action in the manner of a party whip

  13. intransitive verb
  14. 1 :  to proceed nimbly or quickly <whipping through the supper dishes — C. B. Davis>

  15. 2 :  to thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash <a flag … whipping out from its staff — H. A. Calahan>



whip into shape

  1. :  to bring forcefully to a desired state or condition

Examples of whip in a sentence

  1. The jockey whipped his horse.

  2. The riders were getting whipped around on the roller coaster.

  3. He suddenly whipped out a gun.

  4. He whipped off his jacket.

  5. The flag was whipping in the strong wind.

  6. A small branch whipped back and hit him.

  7. The wind whipped the ship's sails.

  8. The shortstop whipped the ball to first base.

  9. The winger whipped a pass toward the net.

Origin and Etymology of whip

Middle English wippen, whippen; akin to Middle Dutch wippen to move up and down, sway, Old English wīpian to wipe

First Known Use: 14th century




Simple Definition of whip

  • : a long, thin piece of leather or similar material that is attached to a handle and that is used for hitting a person as punishment or to hit an animal (such as a horse) to make it move faster

  • : a member of a legislature (such as the U.S. Congress or the British Parliament) who is appointed by a political party to make sure that other members are present when votes are taken and that they do the things that they are expected to do

  • : a light dessert made by mixing together sweet ingredients

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whip

  1. 1 :  an instrument consisting usually of a handle and lash forming a flexible rod that is used for whipping

  2. 2 :  a stroke or cut with or as if with a whip

  3. 3 a :  a dessert made by whipping a portion of the ingredients <prune whip> b :  a kitchen utensil made of braided or coiled wire or perforated metal with a handle and used in whipping

  4. 4 :  one that handles a whip: as a :  a driver of horses :  coachman b :  whipper-in 1

  5. 5 a :  a member of a legislative body appointed by a political party to enforce party discipline and to secure the attendance of party members at important sessions b often capitalized :  a notice of forthcoming business sent weekly to each member of a political party in the British House of Commons

  6. 6 :  a whipping or thrashing motion

  7. 7 :  the quality of resembling a whip especially in being flexible

  8. 8 :  whip antenna


play \ˈhwip-ˌlīk, ˈwip-\ adjective

Examples of whip in a sentence

  1. The rider cracked his whip and the horse began to run.

14th Century

First Known Use of whip

14th century

Other Equestrian Terms

WHIP Defined for Kids



verb \ˈhwip, ˈwip\

Definition of whip for Students



  1. 1 :  to move, snatch, or jerk quickly or with force <She whipped out a camera.>

  2. 2 :  to hit with something long, thin, and flexible

  3. 3 :  to defeat thoroughly

  4. 4 :  to beat into foam <whip cream>

  5. 5 :  to cause a strong emotion (as excitement) in <The speaker whipped up the crowd.>

  6. 6 :  to move quickly or forcefully <Flags whipped in the breeze.>

  7. 7 :  to make in a hurry <I'll whip up dinner.>




Definition of whip for Students

  1. 1 :  a long thin strip of material (as leather) used in punishing or urging on

  2. 2 :  a dessert made by whipping part of the mixture

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