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

His business partner, Tiantian Zhang, whipped out her phone to pay for them via WeChat, the all-in-one messaging and payments app ubiquitous in China, and transferred about 4 yuan, or $0.60, for each battery. NBC News, "China's rising tech scene threatens U.S. brain drain as 'sea turtles' return home," 14 July 2019 Other officers whipped out mace and began to spray the protesters. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "The Stonewall of the South That History Forgot," 25 June 2019 Our understanding of how strong winds whipping through the stratosphere impact ocean waters is relatively limited. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Boaty McBoatface is redefining how we understand the impact of climate change," 19 June 2019 Officer Harrison quickly whipped out his phone and began filming. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Boy whose Michael Jackson dance moves went viral receives "thrilling" gift from cop," 27 June 2018 When the Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow tried to take Embiid out of the game by stomping on the glasses that accompany his mask, the Sixers training staff whipped out a duplicate pair. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Joel Embiid Is the Man in the Awesome Mask," 23 Apr. 2018 Dressed in a look that was designed to be photographed, Aguilera got into the spirit of things, posing for a bevy of paparazzi and even whipping out her cell phone for a backstage selfies. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Christina Aguilera Has a Message for Couture Fashion Week," 3 July 2019 As more than 50 people whipped out cellphones, the lines to the lone receptionist, also greeting the in-person visitors, jammed. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "State calls new rules 'Gateway to Work.' Activists call them a 'poverty trap.'," 1 July 2019 She was seen clapping along in the audience once the singer whipped out her flute, and gave her a supportive look at the end of the set. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lizzo Absolutely Killed Her BET Awards Performance and Rihanna Approves," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The idea that pastoral practices can be pleasurable instead of burdensome is old news for the many home cooks today who know how to spot ramps in the wild and whip up D.I.Y. ricotta. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Best Cookbooks of the Century So Far," 14 July 2019 At Hotel Le Louis Versailles Château, mixologists behind a glowing circular bar whip up cocktails riffing on royalty. And Gareth Jones, National Geographic, "Here’s why Versailles will blow your mind—and how to visit," 9 July 2019 Zendaya is back as his love interest, the whip-smart non-conformist MJ. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "’Spider-Man: Far From Home’: Peter Parker’s summer vacation goes awry in funny, touching post-’Endgame’ Avengers film (review)," 1 July 2019 Increase speed to high and whip until soft peaks form, 1 to 3 minutes. Washington Post, "This chocolate éclair cake is an instant dessert classic," 1 July 2019 The four-hour bullet train from Taiyuan to Jinan, capital of the neighboring Shandong province, winds through mountain passes and dusty prairies, whips past terraced fields and deep ravines. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How Do You Say 'Cheesecake Factory' In Mandarin? Behind the Scenes of Life in the Chinese Basketball Association," 27 June 2019 For the most part, the applications target clothing (shapewear, lingerie, T-shirts) and products made of leather or imitation leather (handbags, wallets, dog harnesses, whips). Christie D'zurilla, latimes.com, "Kim Kardashian just trademarked ‘Kimono.’ Let the backlash begin," 25 June 2019 Curtis’ other main collaborator, Hugh Grant–whose portrayals of whip-smart but slightly useless dreamers who seemed a lot like Curtis were a mainstay of some golden years in romantic comedy–has finally moved on. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Rom-Com Master Richard Curtis Is Still Trying to Prove That All We Need Is Love," 20 June 2019 The former chief whip of the party, Harper was another underdog. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The race to be the next British prime minister, briefly explained," 18 June 2019

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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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