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

Elwood wakes up to the awful reality of his school, which is actually a prison, the first time he is taken to the shed where boys are whipped for minor infractions of the rules. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Colson Whitehead, American Escape Artist," 30 July 2019 In the 39th minute, defender Adam Lundkvist whipped a cross into box but Manotas couldn't connect for the goal. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo suffer shutout loss to Sounders FC," 27 July 2019 But the mighty Yankees whipped the Rockies 8-2 Friday night in the Bronx, sending them to their fifth consecutive loss and 12th defeat in their last 14 games. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ losing streak hits 5 games with loss to Yankees," 19 July 2019 Reviewers also appreciate the fact that the portable barbecue suitcase grill is easy to clean and is great to whip up a quick dinner for two. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon Reviewers Are Losing It Over This BBQ Grill Suitcase," 18 July 2019 There’s also a lofted studio where van der Velden works from home before ducking down to the kitchen to whip up dinner for her family. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Jeweler Bibi van der Velden Converted a Church Gymnasium Into an Elegant Family Home," 21 Aug. 2018 But the real question is this: why fight so hard to whip up change for an economy that's actually working for the people at every level of the economy? Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: Resisting for all the wrong reasons," 3 Aug. 2018 Teigen, who recently welcomed son Miles with husband John Legend, is known for being adventurous in the kitchen and was whipping up meals for her second cookbook throughout her pregnancy. Jessica Fecteau, PEOPLE.com, "Chrissy Teigen Is 'Fascinated' By This Simple Cooking Method After Welcoming Her Second Child," 28 May 2018 The new style is a huge departure from Markle's signature messy bun that hairstylist Serge Normant whipped up for her royal wedding this past weekend. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Ditched Her Favorite Messy Bun For A Sleek Version," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yes, there are a few standard blockbusters on the docket (Spider-Man, Aladdin, Dark Phoenix), but they're all intelligently made with whip-smart actors and directors. Glamour, "20 New Movies You Won't Want to Miss This Summer," 29 May 2019 Avocado toast, gluten- and dairy-free Dole pineapple and strawberry whip and the Beyond Burger will be available this year. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "O.C. Fair applies finishing touches to open ‘Acres of Fun’ in Costa Mesa," 7 July 2019 Much like the relationship dynamic in the Fifty Shades erotica series, E.L. explained that this new story follows a powerful, aristocratic man falling for his maid, Alessia (only this time, there are no red rooms of pain, restraints, and whips). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Co-Star Joy Behar Revealed Her 'Fifty Shades' Fantasy and Meghan McCain Lost It," 1 May 2019 But after disembarking from the escalator, track down a bathroom or whip out your hand sanitizer to get rid of some of those germs. 3. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "Wash Your Hands Immediately After Touching These 8 Things at the Airport," 30 Oct. 2018 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

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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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