\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

Instead of consoling me, Granny whipped me with an extension cord. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "A Woman’s Search for Salvation, Love, and Family," 14 June 2018 Pullen says the daughter showed him and another American soldier the welts on her back where the Germans had whipped her. Mercedes Leguizamon And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "This 20-year-old wants to interview every WWII combat veteran he can before it's too late," 9 Apr. 2018 Evangelicals, aided by the rapidly growing Ku Klux Klan, whipped up hysteria about obscenity through their sermons, publications, and radio shows. Linda Gordon, The New Republic, "How birth-control leaders found allies in American religious groups," 5 Apr. 2018 One of the city’s stock characters was the fearless bicycle messenger, wearing a heavy chain lock around the waist and whipping through traffic with supreme confidence. Steven Higashide, The Atlantic, "The Design Bible That Changed How Americans Bike in Cities," 1 Mar. 2018 The media have whipped themselves into a nationalist frenzy almost as big as the one that followed an abortive coup in 2016. The Economist, "Recep for troubleTurkey’s offensive in Syria complicates an already chaotic war," 25 Jan. 2018 One of those persons was reportedly pistol-whipped, terrorized and robbed. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Potential Legal Ramifications of the Disturbing Accusations Against LeSean McCoy," 11 July 2018 Four suspects accused of pistol-whipping a victim and firing a gun inside of an apartment during a home invasion robbery in June have been arrested by law enforcement, Precinct 4 tweeted. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Police arrest suspects in alleged violent home invasion, Precinct 4 tweets," 10 July 2018 South Miami police say Hovan, 32, pistol-whipped the woman before taking off with her jewelry and Mercedes Benz. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "He pistol-whipped a 62-year-old, cops say, then was jailed on rape and kidnapping charges," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Scalise, who was seriously injured when he was shot at a congressional baseball practice last June, currently serves as majority whip, the No. 3 post in leadership. Paul Kane, chicagotribune.com, "'The speaker is not resigning': Ryan's office dismisses GOP lawmaker's rumor," 27 Mar. 2018 Nancy McFadden was a one-of-a-kind public servant: funny, generous, whip-smart, and fiercely dedicated to improving other people’s lives. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Colleagues and friends remember Nancy McFadden, late chief of staff to Jerry Brown | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Mar. 2018 Cornyn, the Republican whip, immediately bid Schumer to return to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. Kevin Diaz, Houston Chronicle, "For Texans, Friday night's shutdown drama focuses on border, Dreamers, soldiers and children's health," 19 Jan. 2018 Customization, of cars and one's character, is available, and, as way of simple wish fulfillment for those of us who can't afford our own Audi or aerobatic aircraft, painting your new whip glaringly loud shade of yellow is always enjoyable. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Crew 2': Game Review," 27 June 2018 If the earlier interlude doesn't bring to mind present-day class dynamics, the final one makes the equation vividly clear—especially when Pozzo calls for his whip and Lucky actually brings it to him. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "After all these years, we’re still Waiting for Godot," 30 May 2018 Brandishing their whips at each other, Akiba and Silva competed good-naturedly. Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Ballet has the measure of Bournonville in ‘La Sylphide’," 25 May 2018 Many ladies lost their tempers and used their carriage whips indiscriminately on the crowd. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "First Battle of Flowers ended in a brawl," 26 Apr. 2018 Somebody who can keep up with my quick whips whoever that woman may be. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Adam Rippon to Join Tonya Harding & Jamie Anderson on All-Athletes Season of 'Dancing With the Stars'," 5 Apr. 2018

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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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