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

Mix remaining cream in mixer or by hand until stiffly whipped. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Make an extra big batch of this creamy whipped feta to serve on toast or as a dip. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Salmon with Creamy Feta Cucumbers," 29 Apr. 2019 Although Walker's nail art covers a huge range of styles and themes, this is far from the first time she's whipped up a manicure that may inspire you. Marci Robin, Teen Vogue, "Savannah Walker Created Lisa Frank Nail Art," 19 Apr. 2019 Although Walker's nail art covers a huge range of styles and themes, this is far from the first time she's whipped up a manicure that may remind you of your childhood. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Nail Artist Hand-Painted a Lisa Frank Manicure on Her Own Nails," 18 Apr. 2019 But for linen—even linen that isn't artfully air-whipped into suppleness and Oeko-Tex certified that it hasn't been treated with harmful chemicals, as Snowe's is—that's actually a deal. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "Snowe’s New Linen Sheets Are Literally Air-Whipped for Fluffiness," 27 Feb. 2019 Using the whisk attachment, whip the mixture at high speed for about 10 minutes, until the mixture becomes stiff and glossy and cools (to about 90 degrees). Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Mango layer cake for a fresh summer treat," 11 July 2018 But the swinging pendulum of national politics, says Sommers, whipping his hands left and right, is bringing Wyoming’s policymaking into question. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Group effort rules the roost in Wyoming, then Washington intervenes," 10 July 2018 But by the time coach Urban Meyer’s Utes whipped Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl, Meyer had already taken the Florida job. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

He is challenged and changed by this union with a whip-smart woman who always lives her truth. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "We Need to Talk About Outlander Season 4," 25 Jan. 2019 But my cousin has a daughter, Olivia, a lovely, whip-smart girl, now 17. Jill Gleeson, Woman's Day, "After Three Miscarriages and Divorce, I Still Think About the Children I Never Had," 24 Apr. 2017 Track announcer Frank Mirahmadi informed spectators before each race that the whip rule discussed at Thursday’s racing board meeting was not in effect. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "Racing resumes without incident at Santa Anita," 29 Mar. 2019 Converse’s canvas fabric makes for an ideal base—just whip out the glue gun and get to work! Hannah Miller, Seventeen, "How to Spice Up Your Prom Look For Any and Every Theme Imaginable," 27 Mar. 2019 The majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of California, and the majority whip, Steve Scalise of Louisiana — both strong candidates to replace the departing Mr. Ryan — also backed him this week. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, "Unshaken by Abuse Scandal, Conservatives Are Sticking With Jim Jordan," 11 July 2018 Shari Wappelhorst assembles wire whips at the KitchenAid factory in Greenville, Ohio. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "KitchenAid’s Key Ingredient: Investing in Workers. ‘It’s Not a Dead-End Job Anymore.’," 22 Feb. 2019 Skip takeout tonight, and whip up this super-fast and healthy one pan supper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Vegetarian Fried Rice," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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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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