\ˈhwip, 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

b : whipper-in sense 1

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 , 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

At the Fendi couture show, hairstylist Sam McKnight whipped up retro updos. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "People Are Freaking Out Over Kaia Gerber's Massive Hair Moment at Valentino," 5 July 2018 Domingo returned a few minutes later, whipped out a gun and shot him in the stomach, Licata told authorities. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Girl, 15, shoots would-be Beaverton sugar daddy, authorities say," 17 May 2018 Ptak, the baker of the royal wedding cake, will whip up a special lemon-elderflower confection with fresh flower garnishes, a fancy feat you likely won't replicate at home anytime soon. Southern Living, "The Royal Wedding Pastry Chef Has a Genius Tip to Save Day-Old Cookies," 15 May 2018 The 12 year old flower girl whipped out her phone and snapped a few photos much to our amusement. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "5 Insane Stories of Family Drama Ruining Weddings," 14 May 2018 The solid propellant, infused with fuel and oxidizer, can whip up a lot of thrust in a hurry. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Rocket Fuel Rivalry Shaping the Future of Spaceflight," 10 Apr. 2018 On their way down, they're whipped around by strong winds, causing dangerous conditions that can wreak havoc. Steven Senne, National Geographic, "Wind, Snow, and Floods—What You Need to Know About the Northeast's Dangerous Winter Storm," 2 Mar. 2018 Instead of consoling me, Granny whipped me with an extension cord. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "A Woman’s Search for Salvation, Love, and Family," 14 June 2018 Pullen says the daughter showed him and another American soldier the welts on her back where the Germans had whipped her. Mercedes Leguizamon And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "This 20-year-old wants to interview every WWII combat veteran he can before it's too late," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Blueberries make a great topper on toast or oatmeal, or whip up this 3-ingredient Blueberry Chia Jam. NBC News, "8 summer superfoods to eat after a tough workout," 11 July 2018 Sneak them into the food processor with cocoa powder and whip up a creamy mousse dessert in less than 5 minutes. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 Still, with its jump cuts and whip-pans, the original is decidedly a work of cinema. Christopher Wallenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "A new ‘Moulin Rouge!’ for a new Colonial," 5 July 2018 Kardashian West is leveling the playing field as a whip-smart entrepreneur. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West's New Fragrance Bottle Was Made From a Mold of Her Body—Really," 24 Apr. 2018 Wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea is described by players as whip-smart and over-prepared—just like his boss—and may slide nicely into McDaniels’ role. Conor Orr, SI.com, "For the Patriots, It Felt Like an Ending," 5 Feb. 2018 On the senior hallway, Crosby is best known as a whip-smart student who is inseparable from her closest friend, Terr'Nique Delair. The Hechinger Report, NOLA.com, "About 40 percent of New Orleans high school students are held back at least 1 grade," 8 Jan. 2018 Scalise, who was seriously injured when he was shot at a congressional baseball practice last June, currently serves as majority whip, the No. 3 post in leadership. Paul Kane, chicagotribune.com, "'The speaker is not resigning': Ryan's office dismisses GOP lawmaker's rumor," 27 Mar. 2018 Nancy McFadden was a one-of-a-kind public servant: funny, generous, whip-smart, and fiercely dedicated to improving other people’s lives. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Colleagues and friends remember Nancy McFadden, late chief of staff to Jerry Brown | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'whip.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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, 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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