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

Hot Jupiters whip around their stars in just days, burning at thousands of degrees. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Water Vapor Detected in the Atmosphere of an Exoplanet in the Habitable Zone," 11 Sep. 2019 The restaurant: Shoot down California Street to Chapeau!, a warm French bistro where executive chef Philippe Gardelle whips up the classics, from buttery escargot to bouillabaisse and cassoulet. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "10 awesome Bay Area date night ideas for fall," 9 Sep. 2019 But the wind, whipping at 22 mph when the game started, blew the ball back into fair territory. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "A’s roll to victory, but Laureano leaves with cramp in troublesome leg," 7 Sep. 2019 The most dramatic incident Albinati relates from his school days involves some bullies whipping a weaker boy, as in a rite of flagellation. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, "Sex and Power in “The Catholic School”," 19 Aug. 2019 The most eye-catching bit of edible decor whizzes through the room in servers’ hands about every 90 seconds: whipped eggplant, arriving in a wooden bowl and often set on handsome stools placed near two-top tables as extra serving space. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The surprise at Santa Monica’s hot spot Élephante? The carb situation is on point.," 15 Aug. 2019 Chris White, a former adviser to Tory whips now at Newington Communications, reports talk in Westminster of using emergency debates or opposition days. The Economist, "Can Parliament stop no-deal?," 8 Aug. 2019 In South Boston, several tree limbs came down in Marine Park, and video on Twitter showed winds whipping past the South Boston Yacht Club. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Severe thunderstorms took down trees, power lines from Boston to Gloucester," 1 Aug. 2019 Hopefully summer’s ricotta pound cake with strawberries and whipped mascarpone ($9) got more ricotta in its batter. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Restaurant review: Bettola gives Aurora a date night-perfect Italian bistro," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In early April, House minority whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) filed a discharge petition, which, if signed by a majority of members, would allow the GOP to override Democratic obstruction and bring the bill for a vote. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "House Republicans Hold a Hearing on the Born-Alive Bill," 11 Sep. 2019 Those grips change the path of a racquet—there are lassos, windshield wipers, whips—and the arc of a shot. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Consider the Forehand," 4 Sep. 2019 Yet, Gossard has found time to engineer practices and whip his players into shape leading up to Crescenta Valley’s season-opening contest against visiting Santa Fe at 7 p.m. Friday at Glendale High’s Moyse Field. Glendale News-Press, "Football Preview: New-look Crescenta Valley begins next chapter with Gossard in charge," 27 Aug. 2019 And on Saturday Cincinnati Circus puts on a free show with whip cracking, juggling, magic, aerial acrobats, a bed of nails and audience participation. Cincinnati.com, "Butler County Fair runs July 21-27 at fairgrounds in Hamilton," 18 July 2019 An excellent Calabrese salumi pizza and a bowl of mussels in a broth with a whip crack of spicy ‘nduja are both gone, much to my dismay. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Fellow Osteria in Scottsdale is too interesting to ignore but too inconsistent to embrace," 16 July 2019 As a single woman who forges a pact with her college friend to attend their litany of summer weddings together, Erskine has a force of personality — and whip-crack comedic timing — that energizes this superior brand of amorous adventure. Nick Schager, chicagotribune.com, "'Plus One' review: Maya Erskine, Jack Quaid star in story of how to make two lovers of friends," 13 June 2019 The whip count also can reveal potential problem spots, indicating a bill requires more massaging. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "A User's Manual: What to expect on immigration, border security this week in the House," 18 June 2018 Also returning is the first film's zesty mixture of whip-smart, knowing dialogue, hairsbreadth escapes and realistic family dynamics made more involving by being filtered through parents and children gifted and burdened with super powers. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "'Incredibles 2' is the superhero family saga we need right now," 11 June 2018

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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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