whip

verb
\ ˈhwip How to pronounce whip (audio) , 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

whip

noun

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

Verb

whipper noun

Noun

whiplike \ ˈhwip-​ˌlīk How to pronounce whiplike (audio) , ˈwip-​ \ adjective

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

Free and whipping through the warm breeze, consider Paltrow's perfectly imperfect strands a 2019 resolution to leave the blowdryer at home. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Gwyneth Paltrow’s Honeymoon Hair Is the Best Thing You'll See Today," 3 Jan. 2019 The fires all grew explosively in the past two weeks as winds whipped the flames through forest and rural areas full of timber and brush that is bone-dry from years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat. Fox News, "Firefighters battle to curb wildfire before winds return," 10 Aug. 2018 The ads whipped up controversy from New Zealand to Germany. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Huawei Pooh-Poohs 5G Bans With an Advertising Offensive," 25 Feb. 2019 Last year, one whipped a kayaker with a helpless octopus and then swam away before anyone was the wiser. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Leopard Seal Poops Out USB Drive, Confusing Scientists," 5 Feb. 2019 One night, as outside winds stirred up dusty whorls of snow in the parking lot, whipped across the plains and over the treaty land where the camps had been, inside felt briefly desolate, too. Rebecca Bengal, Vogue, "The Power of Nathan Phillips’s Song," 21 Jan. 2019 Garnish tart with white chocolate chantilly whipped to firm peaks, tonka bean caramel and crumbled graham crackers. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How to make the best banana cream pie ever," 4 Dec. 2018 Moments later, as the other individuals attempted to brace the lashing animal, one person was whipped with its tail, sending them backwards. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Florida alligator caught on video head-butting trapper in brazen effort to break free," 2 Oct. 2018 Next, Tara Nicole whipped up a custom mauve hue with ash-gray and violet dyes from the new Pulp Riot Faction8 line, as well as a rose-gold toner. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Mauve Champagne Hair Is the Unexpected Way to Change Up Your Blonde for Fall," 24 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The rules are simple: Stream your fave episodes online or on your television, whip out some bingo chips (or a marker), pour yourself a glass (or two) of wine, and get started! Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Fixer Upper Bingo Exists So You Can Play While Watching Your Favorite Reruns," 18 Jan. 2019 All this—the pirouetting rope, Lars’s leg-whips—for what? Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Kids Don’t Learn the Ropes These Days," 9 Sep. 2018 The House GOP whip team is expected to count votes for the compromise measure during a 6:30 p.m. vote series Tuesday. Lindsey Mcpherson, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump to meet with House Republicans Tuesday to sell immigration compromise," 17 June 2018 But Jim is carrying the whip nonetheless, and Kaneisha isn’t. Constance Grady, Vox, "In Slave Play, audience and actors alike spar over who has the whip," 17 Dec. 2018 Photo: brendan smialowski/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Republicans will be led by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, of California, as minority leader, with Rep. Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, serving as whip, the No. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Who’s Who in the New Congress," 4 Jan. 2019 Pelosi has been in Congress since 1987 and on the Democratic leadership team (starting as House minority whip) since 2002. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Nancy Pelosi’s last stand," 23 July 2018 How, as the Senate whip, the person in charge of counting votes, how certain are you that all three of those Democrats will stay on board this time and vote against whoever the president nominates? Fox News, "John Bolton previews the Trump-Putin summit; Leonard Leo on frontrunners to replace Justice Kennedy," 1 July 2018 The book is about his time in the US Congress as Democratic whip. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Things to do in Metro Detroit Feb. 25-March 3," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of whip

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whip

Verb

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

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whip

verb

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

whip

noun

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

whip

verb
\ 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.

whip

noun

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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