\ˈhwip, ˈwip\
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

b : whipper-in sense 1

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 \ˈhwip-​ˌlīk, ˈwip-​ \ adjective

Examples of whip in a Sentence


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.


The rider cracked his whip and the horse began to run.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sean Rayford/Getty Images After a week of political and religious violence, there’s a near desperation among the political press to hear President Trump apologize for whipping up crowds and feeding online hate. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Let’s stop pretending Trump is just pretending," 30 Oct. 2018 Former detainees described Houthi officers beating them and guards whipping prisoners and threatening to rape them or their family members, the report said. Samy Magdy, Fox News, "Watchdog accuses Yemen rebels of taking hostages, torture," 25 Sep. 2018 The wind whipped and dirt kicked up around Globe Life Park, scurrying a strong crowd for cover at first sight of a ballpark dust storm. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros hang on to beat Rangers in series opener," 3 July 2018 Intruders knew location of home’s safe A man was pistol whipped and the masked intruders immediately went to a back room where a safe was located in Middletown on Monday. Rick Mccrabb, ajc, "Police report ‘spike’ in home invasions after photos of cash posted on social media," 27 June 2018 The protesters held signs and addressed the gathering crowd through a megaphone while the wind whipped up and dark grey clouds began to roll in. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "Harley Clarke Mansion supporters rally ahead of Evanston City Council meeting," 19 June 2018 Pearson whips his head around and sees Romeo grinning that small grin. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: In final high school game, Romeo Langford doesn't disappoint the fans," 10 June 2018 That was until the wind started whipping and brown murky water from the Patapsco River began rushing faster and faster down the street. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Freelance photographer's tweets chronicling Ellicott City storm go viral," 29 May 2018 Ecology undergraduate researcher Karen Wang drops her fine-mesh bee net, whips out a small recorder and leans in to observe Yellow 54 climbing into the bluebell’s long tubular blooms. Kristin Ohlson, Discover Magazine, "How Cheaters Prosper," 28 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The larger picture: Of the entrenched leadership trio, Clyburn is the only one who is actually facing a challenger for the job of whip. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "All the Democrats running for top spots in the House," 15 Nov. 2018 There’s not a three line whip on these family occasions. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Now Prince Philip May All Miss Part of Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 10 Oct. 2018 Whiplash is a neck injury that’s due to a forceful, fast, back-and-forth movement of your neck (like a cracking of a whip). Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Possible Causes Behind That Annoying Neck Pain," 18 Sep. 2018 Bothwell, a cornstalk-thin left-hander with a whip for an arm, pitched his latest masterpiece Monday against the host Hawks in the Class 2A Hebron sectional championship game. Mike Hutton, Post-Tribune, "Hutton: Indiana recruit Ty Bothwell a boon in pitching five no-hitters and two perfect games for Boone Grove," 31 May 2018 On another possession, Bamba turned into a cyclone, shedding his defender with a whip-fast spin and finishing with a powerful two-handed jam. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas looking for answers following blowout loss to TCU," 10 Feb. 2018 Break up potatoes well, then replace paddle with a wire whip. Country Living, "Mom Pan's Creamy Mashed Potatoes," 28 Sep. 2010 If that information isn't on the bag, whip out your cell and call the manufacturer's number given on the bag. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "The Right Way To Buy Quality Organic Compost For Your Garden," 27 July 2017 BrainDead, a whip-smart political satire from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Spring's Coolest Shades," 10 Mar. 2016

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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, 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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