\ 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 uptrying to whip up a new emotion— Ellen Glasgow
8 : to produce in a hurry usually used with upa 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 whiplike (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 Instead, the effect of this dream of the home office has been to whip work and leisure into a single blended porridge, in which work became the overwhelmingly dominant flavor. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Remote Work Won’t Save Us," 3 Aug. 2020 Headbands are an easy way to whip up a low effort costume at the last minute. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "15 DIY Unicorn Costumes You Can Make At Home for the Most Magical Halloween Ever," 27 July 2020 With a third movie in the works, why not start fangirling a little early and whip up a DIY Legally Blonde costume for Halloween? Caylin Harris, Country Living, "The Best 'Legally Blonde' Costumes to Bend and Snap In This Halloween," 15 July 2020 To help your budget, utilize your pantry staples to whip up some easy recipes. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Groceries to Have Largest Price Increase Since 2011, Experts Predict," 1 July 2020 Former Trifecta bartender Eddie Riddell is in the house using Poison’s Rainbow’s slushie machine to whip up frozen Negronis. oregonlive, "Former Tabla owner returns with new Northeast Portland pasta restaurant," 11 July 2020 The premise and its emotional complexities offer ample and moving material to whip up, calmly but fervently, into powerful evocations of centuries and millennia, of existential terror, of agony endured for the sake of a higher principle. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“The Old Guard,” Reviewed: Warriors Who Can Never Die, or Free Themselves from Genre Constraints," 9 July 2020 If rice is a staple in your daily meals, having a quality rice cooker on hand to easily whip it up in flawless, fluffy fashion is crucial. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "Our favorite rice cooker is on sale for an incredible price," 7 July 2020 Epicurious challenged chefs of three different skill levels - amateur Emily, home cook Julie, and professional chef Joe Pace from the Institute of Culinary Education - to whip up a fresh batch of potato salad. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Tips to improve your potato salad just in time for the holiday (video)," 3 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Boyfriend Material is the apotheosis of the rom-com, a story that balances personal insight, whip-smart dialogue, biting humor, and deep yearning. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: Summer romances give love its time in the sun," 5 Aug. 2020 If stewards believe the whip has been used to avoid a dangerous situation or preserve the safety of other riders or horses, there is no penalty. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky is cracking the whip on excessively hitting thoroughbreds, with mixed opinions," 17 June 2020 To prepare frosting, whip room-temperature cream cheese and butter until smooth. Bill St. John, The Know, "How to make The Market’s famous Spring Fling Cake at home," 16 Apr. 2020 The slave is a dance and a rope stood still, in its choice of whip. Francine J. Harris, The New York Review of Books, "It is a Choice (because Kanye)," 6 July 2020 The couple, who run a tax consulting and financial services business, say many of their clients — from couples in their 30s to retirees in their 80s — feel whip-lashed by an economic stall-out after the brief rebound a few weeks ago. Author: Tamara Lush And Jim Vertuno, Anchorage Daily News, "Across Sun Belt, hopes for economy give way to renewed fears," 4 July 2020 Republican Caucus is former whip Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Pennsylvania House Republicans elect new speaker," 23 June 2020 Use of the post was frequently debated in Delaware for at least a century, but even as other states had abandoned it, Delaware politicians clung to the whip. Xerxes Wilson, USA TODAY, "Delaware, the last to abolish state whippings, to remove public whipping post Wednesday," 30 June 2020 Hand mixers are a staple of any kitchen, an essential tool to blend, beat, or whip batter, eggs, icing, salad dressing, dough, and more. Popular Science, "Your kitchen needs a hand mixer. Here are our favorites.," 22 June 2020

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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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The first known use of whip was in the 14th century

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9 Aug 2020

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“Whip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whip. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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