whisk

noun
\ˈhwisk, ˈwisk\

Definition of whisk 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a quick light brushing or whipping motion

2a : a usually wire kitchen utensil used for beating food by hand

b : a flexible bunch (as of twigs, feathers, or straw) attached to a handle for use as a brush

whisk

verb
whisked; whisking; whisks

Definition of whisk (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move nimbly and quickly

transitive verb

1 : to move or convey briskly whisked the children off to bed

2 : to mix or fluff up by or as if by beating with a whisk whisk egg whites

3 : to brush or wipe off lightly

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Examples of whisk in a Sentence

Noun

with a whisk of the broom, the dirt was gone

Verb

Whisk the eggs with the cream until the mixture thickens. She whisked the children off to bed. The taxi whisked me to the airport. The waitress whisked my plate away before I was finished eating.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To assemble and finish: Give the vinaigrette a whisk to recombine. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Tawla’s Fattoush," 3 July 2018 The boy and the girl each cracked an egg (one of which went onto the table, but was quickly swept into the bowl) and mixed it into the sugar, both hands on the whisk. Frances Leech, Longreads, "Forgetting the Madeleine," 3 May 2018 Remove from heat and whisk in 1 cup sugar and 3 large eggs. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Double Chocolate Brownies," 3 Jan. 2012 Whisk 2 eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer) until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Noelle Carter, charlotteobserver, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 6 July 2018 When the butter is melted, whisk in the flour mixture. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese Grilled Cheese," 12 Apr. 2018 In a medium bowl whisk together the sesame paste, juice and chili power. Caron Golden, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Grilling: not just a man's world," 21 May 2018 Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the remaining 1/3 cup of sugar and the lemon juice. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "Lemon elderflower loaf cake has a dash of elegance fit for a royal," 18 May 2018 Pull out a bowl and whisk together 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder and a spoonful of cream. Zak Stambor, chicagotribune.com, "5 minutes and 5 ingredients are all you need to make superior Irish cream," 19 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, the ½ cup olive oil, capers, salt and pepper. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to bring? These side dishes are always welcome at a summer picnic," 29 June 2018 In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, honey and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper to dissolve. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Veggies with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette," 21 June 2018 Police whisked her safely out of town, Palmer said. Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, "Who killed Carlos Medina?," 25 Apr. 2018 Salman hugged her lawyers, then was quickly whisked out of the courtroom by U.S. Marshals. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "Noor Salman, the Orlando nightclub shooter’s wife, acquitted of charges she aided 2016 massacre," 30 Mar. 2018 At the door's threshold, a savior in a stylish gray coat and fitted wool cap whisked me out of the cold and into the warmth. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Finding your religion at the Line, a new D.C. hotel in a former church," 5 Mar. 2018 In another bowl, whisk the ½ cup buttermilk, egg yolk, lemon rind, juice, and extract. Pour the buttermilk mixture over the flour mixture. Lisa Yockelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Lots of lemon flavor is baked into these plump, glazed walnut scones," 16 Apr. 2018 Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, yogurt, cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire, and garlic powder. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Salad Kebabs," 21 Feb. 2018 Gradually add cornmeal while whisking to prevent clumping. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Halloween-Themed Food for Adults," 23 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of whisk

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for whisk

Noun

Middle English wisk, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse visk wisp; akin to Old English wiscian to plait

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More Definitions for whisk

whisk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whisk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a cooking tool that is made of curved wire and that is used to stir or beat things (such as eggs, whipping cream, etc.)

whisk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of whisk (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stir or beat (eggs, sauces, etc.) with a whisk or fork

: to move or take (someone or something) to another place very quickly

whisk

verb
\ˈhwisk, ˈwisk\
whisked; whisking

Kids Definition of whisk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move suddenly and quickly She whisked us into her office.

2 : to brush with or as if with a whisk broom

3 : to stir or beat with a whisk or fork

whisk

noun

Kids Definition of whisk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a quick sweeping or brushing motion

2 : a kitchen utensil of wire used for whipping (as eggs or cream)

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