\ ˈ(h)wip How to pronounce whip (audio) \
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 uptrying to whip up a new emotion— Ellen Glasgow
8 : to produce in a hurry usually used with upa 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 \ ˈ(h)wip-​ˌlīk How to pronounce whiplike (audio) \ adjective

Frequently Asked Questions About whip

What is a whip in politics?

In political contexts the word whip refers to 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.

What is a whip in slang?

Whip has been used as a slang word for "car" since the late 20th century. It's also used as a verb meaning "to drive (a car)."

What does whipped mean in slang use?

In slang use, if someone in a romantic relationship is whipped, they let their romantic partner have a great deal of control over what they do, where they go, etc.

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 InsidiousRex1 likes to whip the egg whites first and then add the egg yolks back in to combine. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Readers share their favorite ways to make scrambled eggs," 16 Oct. 2020 The red-flag alert, which means the dry gusting winds could easily whip a spark into a major conflagration, continues through 11 a.m. Friday. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "‘All of the ingredients are there’: Bay Area braces for more extreme fire weather — again," 14 Oct. 2020 Other chefs around town — like Williams, who typically fills in with her vegetarian dishes, thanks to donations from local farmers — whip up big batches of food, too. Dallas News, "Fort Worth chef keeps free 'family meal’ project going to restaurant workers and others in need," 1 Oct. 2020 Jakwai Sosa, 21, of 157 Union St. who police said helped pistol-whip the teen, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, second-degree assault with a firearm, operating a drug factory and other charges. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Vernon police make arrests in attempted murder case; still searching for suspected triggerman," 23 Sep. 2020 Moist air, high overnight humidity and low winds prevailed throughout Napa and Sonoma counties as the day dawned, bringing an end to the red flag conditions meteorologists had feared would whip up hotspots throughout the 64,900-acre blaze. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "Forecasted rain a bright spot as fire season reaches bleak milestone," 5 Oct. 2020 According to Hood, many successful Diplomacy players have assertive and commanding styles of play, and strong tendencies to whip out Golden Blade-worthy stabs, but not Goff. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "In a Game of Diplomatic Warfare, This Negotiator Has the Upper Hand," 29 Sep. 2020 Now go forth and whip up the easiest Thanksgiving dinner ever, complete with the creamiest, dreamiest mashed potatoes. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "How To Reheat Mashed Potatoes and Make Your Holidays a Little Easier," 21 Sep. 2020 Princess Charlotte helped whip up some homemade pasta in the kitchen with mom Kate and then delivered it to elderly neighbors. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Tells Prince William ‘Don’t Forget Charlotte’ as They Talk About Louis’ New Obsession," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Democratic leadership named him assistant whip for the current Congress. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "Rep. Ruben Gallego is a top campaigner for Joe Biden. Is a Biden administration post in his future?," 19 Oct. 2020 The whip is a small, wireless handheld frother that’s rechargeable using a USB port. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "Supplement beverage MUD/WTR is begging you to give up coffee," 15 Oct. 2020 By one account, Lee took the whip and flogged them himself. Allen C. Guelzo, National Review, "The Mystery of Robert E. Lee," 17 Sep. 2020 This timeless mixer features 10 mixing speeds from a slow stir to a quick whip. Popular Science, "These pieces of kitchen gear make excellent gifts," 5 Oct. 2020 Wearing a mask is mandatory in India, and authorities have been cracking the whip on those who break the rule. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Indians support higher penalties for not wearing a mask in public," 28 Sep. 2020 McMorrow said state firefighters were nonetheless ready should the weather whip up flames that are usually sparked by humans. NBC News, "California braces as hot, dry fire weather expected to return," 27 Sep. 2020 Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House minority whip, was the highest-ranking Republican from either house to show up Friday morning. Stuart Emmrich, Vogue, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is the First Woman to Lie in State. Top Republicans Decide Not to Show Up.," 25 Sep. 2020 Christ stands at the column, life-size, and around him are three assailants, two of whom pull at him and the third of whom crouches, preparing a whip. Teju Cole, New York Times, "In Dark Times, I Sought Out the Turmoil of Caravaggio’s Paintings," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of whip was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Whip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whip. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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