\ 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



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


whipper noun


whiplike \ ˈhwip-​ˌlīk How to pronounce whiplike (audio) , 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

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 Chick-fil-A, Steve decided to whip out his singing skills and belt out a few lyrics. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Steve Harvey Belt Out in Song in New Instagram Video That Has Fans LOLing," 17 June 2019 For a person with class privilege, that means whipping out your credit card, picking up an extra shift or two at work. Tara Law, Time, "Joe Biden Dropped His Support for the Hyde Amendment. Here's How It Became a Flashpoint on Abortion," 7 June 2019 Golden State might want to whip out one of its big-time third quarters right now. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The Raptors Won Game 4 and Are 1 Win From an N.B.A. Championship," 7 June 2019 For these churn-less recipes, Bolling uses a blender to whip the cream before mixing in the other ingredients and freezing the results in a loaf pan or 8-inch square baking pan. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "America’s Test Kitchen’s no-churn Bittersweet Chocolate Ice Cream," 15 June 2019 Throughout his term, Trump has willfully conflated immigration with terrorism, in an apparent effort to whip up anti-immigrant sentiment. Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker, "A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The actual work is casting Tessa Thompson in the role of a funny, whip-smart, ahem, Person in Black. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "Tessa Thompson’s out-of-this-world charisma makes ‘Men in Black’ reboot work," 13 June 2019 From a parade of platinum blonde to Tessa Thompson's whip of a braid, the Hollywood glam squads definitely outdid themselves this year. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "It Took Three Days and Countless Tests to Get Lady Gaga’s Gold Met Gala Eyelashes Just Right," 7 May 2019 Kylie Jenner arrived in a full lilac Versace look complete with matching lavender waist-grazing lengths, while actress Tessa Thompson paired her Chanel frock with a long pony tail that was actually a working whip. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Looks From the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Pressed from the outside by the filly ridden by John Velazquez, Monomoy Girl veered slightly to her right under the left-handed whip of Florent Geroux, and either brushed, nudged or bumped Wonder Gadot. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Rising star Brad Cox keeps Kentucky Oaks trophy at home in Louisville," 4 May 2018 Perhaps, given the chance, the whip-smart Bronstein might have helped to speed things along. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Find a Way to See the ‘Grin’ of Quantum Gravity," 6 Mar. 2018 In this video, a robot that looks just like one of Boston Dynamics’ ATLAS-style walking bots takes a beating from testers, getting pummeled with whips, balls, and hockey sticks, all in the name of research. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "This Video of a Robot Beating Up Humans Is Extremely Satisfying," 17 June 2019

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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 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.



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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