verb \ˈhwip, ˈwip\

: 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


Full Definition of WHIP

transitive verb
:  to take, pull, snatch, jerk, or otherwise move very quickly and forcefully <whipped out his gun — Green Peyton>
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>
a :  to bind or wrap (as a rope or fishing rod) with cord for protection and strength
b :  to wind or wrap around something
:  to belabor with stinging words :  abuse
:  to seam or hem with shallow overcasting stitches
:  to overcome decisively :  defeat
:  to stir up :  incite —usually used with up <trying to whip up a new emotion — Ellen Glasgow>
:  to produce in a hurry —usually used with up <a sketch … an artist might whip up — New York Times>
:  to fish (water) with rod, line, and artificial lure
:  to beat (as eggs or cream) into a froth with a utensil (as a whisk or fork)
:  to gather together or hold together for united action in the manner of a party whip
intransitive verb
:  to proceed nimbly or quickly <whipping through the supper dishes — C. B. Davis>
:  to thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash <a flag … whipping out from its staff — H. A. Calahan>
whip·per noun
whip into shape
:  to bring forcefully to a desired state or condition

Examples of WHIP

  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 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

Rhymes with 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

Full Definition of WHIP

:  an instrument consisting usually of a handle and lash forming a flexible rod that is used for whipping
:  a stroke or cut with or as if with a whip
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
:  one that handles a whip: as
a :  a driver of horses :  coachman
b :  whipper-in 1
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
:  a whipping or thrashing motion
:  the quality of resembling a whip especially in being flexible
whip·like \ˈhwip-ˌlīk, ˈwip-\ adjective

Examples of WHIP

  1. The rider cracked his whip and the horse began to run.
  2. <please do not use your belt as a whip>

First Known Use of WHIP

14th century

Other Equestrian Terms

canter, cantle, curry, farrier, hunter, paddock, router, skirt, tack


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