\ 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 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 \ ˈ(h)wip-​ˌlīk How to pronounce whip (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 Luckily, there are plenty of organizational things on Amazon that will whip your organizational skills into shape. Rachel Dube, USA TODAY, "21 organization products from Amazon with thousands of reviews," 1 Mar. 2021 The National Immigration Law Center, Church World Services, and Service Employees International Union are leading efforts to whip Senate Democrats into adding language for the checks into the pandemic relief legislative package. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Activists push Democrats to give stimulus checks to 9M taxpaying noncitizens," 12 Feb. 2021 Even out of office, Democrats warned, Trump could whip up a mob of followers for similar damage. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, "Convict Trump or face dire democracy damage, prosecutors say," 11 Feb. 2021 Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who is privately a Remainer, saw that risk clearly and took the bold decision to whip his party into the Yes lobby. John O'sullivan, National Review, "Life after Brexit," 30 Dec. 2020 In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix eggs and sugar together and whip on medium-high speed for 5 to 10 minutes, until the mixture is a very pale yellow and tripled in volume. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Ring in 2021 with a European flair," 29 Dec. 2020 Then there's the ultimate go-to for the frequent host or hostess: Skye McAlpine's A Table for Friends, which is all about recipes that are perfect to whip up for two people or 20. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The 19 Best Cookbooks to Give the Chic Chef This Holiday Season," 11 Nov. 2020 His lawyers and legislative affairs staffers did not whip votes or seek to persuade lawmakers to vote against impeachment. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump isolated, angry at aides for not defending him," 13 Jan. 2021 These premium baking spices If your partner happens to put the bae in bae-ker, give them all that’s necessary to whip up the perfect sweet treat. Marissa Miller, USA TODAY, "15 amazing Valentine's Day gifts to buy from Black-owned brands," 4 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those who broke the law faced up to 20 lashes with a whip, reports the Post. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "University Building Identified as One of the U.S.’ First Schools for Black Children," 3 Mar. 2021 Dickinson is dreamy, surreal, inventive, funny—but also whip-smart, sharp, serious art. Emily Layden, Town & Country, "How Dickinson Changes The Way We Should Read Its Namesake Poet," 27 Feb. 2021 Bradley’s next project, which is already in progress, is a Netflix docuseries on another woman of the hour: the whip-smart, unabashedly political tennis star Naomi Osaka. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, "A Matter of ‘Time’: Director Garrett Bradley on Making the Year’s Best Documentary," 26 Feb. 2021 With an electric mixer, whip together cream cheese, yogurt, milk, bagel seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Bagel seasoning is the MVP of this Super Bowl party dip," 8 Feb. 2021 But public posturing and feuding between the two men and their offices over whether or not Schumer had agreed to keep Durbin on as whip swept the headlines. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, "Chuck Schumer's long and uneven road to Senate majority leader," 18 Jan. 2021 On some issues that were an uphill battle within the Democratic Caucus, such as gun control legislation, Schumer would assemble his own whip team to get the votes needed to pass his legislation. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, "Chuck Schumer's long and uneven road to Senate majority leader," 18 Jan. 2021 Stopping at a tavern one day, the Sewards heard weeping and moaning, and saw ten naked boys tied together by their wrists, being driven forward by a white man bearing a whip. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, "The Pre-Civil War Fight Against White Supremacy," 18 Jan. 2021 Kelley, Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, the majority leader, and Councilman Blaine Griffin, the majority whip, issued a short joint statement about the federal inquiries. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland City Council won’t seek removal of Councilman Ken Johnson, but is monitoring federal probe," 15 Jan. 2021

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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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7 Mar 2021

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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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