\ 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

And now, with Hurricane Dorian whipping a path toward the barrier islands, residents and tourists have been advised to evacuate and seek shelter. oregonlive, "Hurricane’s Dorian’s beeline past North Carolina will leave wild horses to ride it out, ‘butt to the wind’," 5 Sep. 2019 On the lighter side, heirloom tomato toast sounded ho-hum but impressed on arrival, spotlighting fresh local peaches and tomatoes on a base of whipped feta from Salisbury’s Baywater Farms. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "At Coelum, go for the foie, skip the CBD," 27 Aug. 2019 For me, Caring whipped up a high-octane take on the classic cocktail: an Espresso Old Fashioned. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Espresso Old Fashioned a unique comfort at Stardust Video & Coffee in Orlando," 15 Aug. 2019 Throwing down in the kitchen isn’t all about whipping up savory dishes. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "These Baking Black Women Are All About The Sweet Life," 9 Aug. 2019 Meantime, a defensive tackle came fast after whipping another blocker. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: One word for Kyler Murray’s NFL debut -- whew," 8 Aug. 2019 Ever since Saturday’s mass shooting carried out by a 21-year-old from North Texas, some have blamed Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric for whipping up hatred. Dallas News, "While some in El Paso aren't happy about Trump visit, others hope city can teach him something," 6 Aug. 2019 Netanyahu was blamed by some for whipping up nationalist sentiment during this period and stoking the fervent atmosphere that led to Rabin’s assassination in 1995. Washington Post, "Netanyahu is now Israel’s longest serving leader. Watch some of the key moments on his rocky road so far.," 20 July 2019 Take advantage of tomato season by whipping up your own fresh sauce. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pasta with Marinated Cherry Tomato Sauce," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the House of Commons, Natalie Evans, the leader of the House of Lords, and Mark Spencer, the chief whip, were at Balmoral to make the request. Karla Adam, Anchorage Daily News, "Queen approves Boris Johnson’s request to suspend Parliament ahead of Brexit deadline," 28 Aug. 2019 With a hand mixer at medium speed, whip egg yolks for 1 minute, gradually beat in 1 cup of sugar. Illyanna Maisonet, SFChronicle.com, "How my hankering for brazo gitano led to a Stockton cherry orchard," 16 Aug. 2019 Advocates for the riding crop, or whip, say the newest ones are just a noise maker to get a horse’s attention. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Pacific Classic looking to be competitive," 14 Aug. 2019 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

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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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