\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Staci has been growing more suspicious of just how far her husband will go to whip up a crowd and use his own brother’s emotional fragility to carry out one of his DWL scripts. Kimberly Potts, Vulture, 3 Oct. 2021 Tom can quote Rilke and dance the rumba, whip up brunch and a rose-petal bath, but so what? Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2021 After the failure of cap-and-trade legislation at the start of the Obama administration, the Beltway was out of ideas for how to move climate policy forward—intimidated by the reactionary frenzy the Koch Brothers helped whip up to defeat that bill. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 22 July 2021 Please don’t whip out a tape measure with every bulb; just get the tops buried. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2021 Strong winds threaten to whip up 'biggest ever' wildfire on Hawaii's Big Island. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2021 In a medium bowl, whip the cream until medium peaks form. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 23 June 2021 Add flour and whipping cream (do NOT whip) alternately and add vanilla. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 7 June 2021 In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or in a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer, whip the egg whites and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt on medium-high speed until frothy, about 1 minute. Beth Segal, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since any one senator can force a 60-vote threshold, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the GOP whip, told CNN this week that Republicans would not agree to allow a simple majority vote on the debt ceiling. Manu Raju, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 Several Republicans, including Sen. Bill Cassidy and Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Republican whip, were also on hand. Josh Boak, chicagotribune.com, 3 Sep. 2021 Republican Senator John Thune, the minority whip, told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday that the White House appeared to reject some options for pay-fors during the meeting with senators, such as an infrastructure bank. Grace Segers, CBS News, 24 June 2021 Thune of South Dakota, the Senate minority whip, told the Washington Examiner Monday that if Democrats decide to go down that path, any legislative and procedural options available to Republicans, including denying quorum, would be exercised. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, 26 Apr. 2021 Accra, Ghana -- Hauwa Adam is beautiful and smart as a whip. Eliza Anyangwe, CNN, 3 Sep. 2021 And from a soccer standpoint, Kreilach is smart as a whip, according to those who used to coach and play with him. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 July 2021 After winning reelection in 2014, Livingston was selected as the Republican majority whip for the following year. Lacey Latch, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2021 The lone genius in a studio creating something never seen before seems as old-fashioned as a buggy whip. Washington Post, 9 June 2021

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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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English Language Learners Definition of whip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of whip (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ 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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