\ ˈ(h)wip How to pronounce whip (audio) \
whipped; whipping

Definition of whip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to take, pull, snatch, jerk, or otherwise move very quickly and forcefully whipped out his gun— Green Peyton
2a(1) : to strike with a slender lithe implement (such 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
3a : to bind or wrap (something, such as a rope or fishing rod) with cord for protection and strength
b : to wind or wrap around something
4 : to belabor with stinging words : abuse
5 : to seam or hem with shallow overcasting stitches
6 : to overcome decisively : defeat
7 : to stir up : incite usually used with up trying to whip up a new emotion— Ellen Glasgow
8 : to produce in a hurry usually used with up a sketch … an artist might whip upThe New York Times
9 : to fish (water) with rod, line, and artificial lure
10 : to beat (eggs, cream, etc.) into a froth with a utensil (such as a whisk or fork)
11 : to gather together or hold together for united action in the manner of a party whip

intransitive verb

1 : to proceed nimbly or quickly whipping through the supper dishes— C. B. Davis
2 : to thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash a flag … whipping out from its staff— H. A. Calahan
whip into shape
: to bring forcefully to a desired state or condition



Definition of whip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an instrument consisting usually of a handle and lash forming a flexible rod that is used for whipping
2 : a stroke or cut with or as if with a whip
3a : 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 : one that handles a whip: such as
a : a driver of horses : coachman
5a : 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 : a whipping or thrashing motion
7 : the quality of resembling a whip especially in being flexible

Other Words from whip


whipper noun


whiplike \ ˈ(h)wip-​ˌlīk How to pronounce whip (audio) \ adjective

Frequently Asked Questions About whip

What is a whip in politics?

In political contexts the word whip refers to 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.

What is a whip in slang?

Whip has been used as a slang word for "car" since the late 20th century. It's also used as a verb meaning "to drive (a car)."

What does whipped mean in slang use?

In slang use, if someone in a romantic relationship is whipped, they let their romantic partner have a great deal of control over what they do, where they go, etc.

Examples of whip in a Sentence

Verb The jockey whipped his horse. The riders were getting whipped around on the roller coaster. He suddenly whipped out a gun. He whipped off his jacket. The flag was whipping in the strong wind. A small branch whipped back and hit him. The wind whipped the ship's sails. The shortstop whipped the ball to first base. The winger whipped a pass toward the net. Noun The rider cracked his whip and the horse began to run. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some restaurants offer straight soy sauce, while others whip up a more dynamic and complex blend of flavors. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Apr. 2022 After Jonny Hooker hits the crossbar shorthanded, a great, patient play by Luca Cagnoni to carry the puck down the left and whip a pass through the slot to Klassen. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2022 More strong winds were forecast to whip across the state and neighboring New Mexico. Julia Musto, Fox News, 22 Apr. 2022 The kitchen –– which like almost all of the rooms in the home has fantastic water views –– is ready for a chef to step in and whip up some unforgettable meals. Charmaine Patterson, PEOPLE.com, 12 Apr. 2022 As temperatures begin to cool down after a blistering heat wave, gusty winds ranging from 20 mph to 50 mph are expected to whip across Southern California starting Saturday afternoon and continuing through Sunday, forecasters said. Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2022 Spray the styler onto dry hair and then whip out your flat iron and get to work. Tatjana Freund, ELLE, 23 Feb. 2022 This three ingredient sangria is perfect to whip up for a last minute party treat sure to please. Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 18 Apr. 2022 But the nifty piece can also be used to whip up french toast, eggs, hash browns, omelets, panini sandwiches, and more. Jessica Leigh Mattern, PEOPLE.com, 16 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The group later started bickering after inhaling meth, prompting Mickels to fire one shot that didn’t strike anyone, pistol-whip one woman and shoot Dozhier in the chest, the affidavit said. oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2022 Give me that dilly white bean spread, mushroom pâté, eggplant chickpea whip, and a bag of tortilla chips—and leave me alone on a beach for eight hours, please. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 16 Apr. 2022 The pet product is also an ideal length for canines who like to shake, flip, whip, fling and pull their toys. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 3 Nov. 2021 The majority whip, Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, has separately prioritized creating a new program to provide Medicaid to poor people in the states that did not take advantage of the option to expand the program under the ACA. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2021 The house will also be stocked with snacks, like Jiffy Pop, ice cream and Reddi-whip, plus pizza. Brittany Anas, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 And your grande, quad, nonfat, one-pump, no-whip mocha is no exception. David Lazarus, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2021 March 22, 1989 - Becomes House minority whip by a vote of 87-85. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 8 June 2021 With a whip-smart script by Martin Crimp, the production highlights a cool new vocabulary for Edmond Rostand’s sentimental monument to love. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of whip


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whip


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

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More Definitions for whip


\ ˈhwip How to pronounce whip (audio) , ˈwip \
whipped; whipping

Kids Definition of whip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move, snatch, or jerk quickly or with force She whipped out a camera.
2 : to hit with something long, thin, and flexible
3 : to defeat thoroughly
4 : to beat into foam whip cream
5 : to cause a strong emotion (as excitement) in The speaker whipped up the crowd.
6 : to move quickly or forcefully Flags whipped in the breeze.
7 : to make in a hurry I'll whip up dinner.



Kids Definition of whip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a long thin strip of material (as leather) used in punishing or urging on
2 : a dessert made by whipping part of the mixture

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