whisk

noun
\ ˈhwisk How to pronounce whisk (audio) , 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for whisk

Synonyms: Noun

swish, switch, wag, waggle

Synonyms: Verb

accelerate, bundle, fast-track, hasten, hurry, quicken, rush, speed (up)

Antonyms: Verb

brake, decelerate, retard, slow (down)

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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

Put the cloves in a bowl, run hot water over them, and stir with a whisk. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Humanity’s Eternal Quest for a Better Way of Peeling Garlic," 18 June 2019 There’s the old-fashioned method, of course, which is beating air in by hand with a balloon whisk. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "The best thing to do with heavy cream? Whip it, whip it good.," 17 June 2019 Add the flour and whisk until just combined (the batter will be lumpy; that’s OK). 2 Pour the batter into a 10-inch round baking dish or pie pan. Ben Mims, latimes.com, "The Saturday Cook: Cherry tomatoes star in a savory custard for a post-farmers market brunch," 15 June 2019 Skip the whisk: Keep your dressing prep easy and use the jar method to emulsify your vinaigrette. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Outerlands’ Salad With Burrata, Strawberries & Fennel," 29 June 2018 Using an immersion blender or a whisk, beat until the eggs are light and frothy. 2. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: How to make fluffy, light matzo balls," 19 Mar. 2018 In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together brown sugar and cold-brew coffee. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 In a second bowl, whisk pumpkin and brown sugar, then whisk in eggs and oil until smooth. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thanksgiving Cake," 24 Oct. 2018 In large bowl, whisk pumpkin, sugars, egg yolks, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until well combined. Ina Garten, Good Housekeeping, "Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits," 2 Oct. 2015

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Whisk vigorously to form a smooth paste (a roux), then whisk in the remaining 1 1/4 cups milk. Martha Holmberg, Twin Cities, "The secret to a light, airy, textbook souffle? Stop trying so hard.," 5 June 2019 Whisk vigorously to form a smooth paste (a roux), then whisk in the remaining 1 1/4 cups milk. Martha Holmberg, The Denver Post, "The secret to a light, airy, textbook souffle? Stop trying so hard.," 5 June 2019 Beat in the yogurt and orange juice, then gradually whisk in the olive oil. Sift the flour into a large bowl. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Orange and Rosemary Olive Oil Cake," 5 June 2019 Meanwhile, in bowl, whisk together lime juice, vinegar, brown sugar, pepper flakes, remaining 3 tablespoons oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Tangy Charred Coleslaw," 29 May 2019 In a separate bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of potato starch and 1/4 cup of tapioca starch (or cassava flour) and set aside. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Your Own Version of Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi," 9 Apr. 2019 Make the stir-fry: In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond butter, garlic, tamari, lime zest and juice, and 1⁄4 cup of water. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Sakara Brings Healthy Eating Home With Their New Made-for-Instagram Cookbook," 19 Mar. 2019 In a small bowl, whisk together oil, tamari, honey and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 For the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, honey, salt and pepper. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Edamame Succotash Salad," 11 July 2018

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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 How to pronounce whisk (audio) , 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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