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

Remove the pudding from the heat and whisk in the vanilla and butter until melted and smooth. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what makes this vanilla pudding a bit magical," 26 Apr. 2018 Put over medium-low heat and whisk mixture constantly until the butter is just melted and thickened. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Close-to Shrimp Paesano," 28 Mar. 2018 Remove from the heat and whisk in the egg yolks, one at a time. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Cafe Jacqueline’s Lemon Souffle," 16 Feb. 2018 Increase heat and whisk until thickened and boiling. Nancy L., Woman's Day, "Foolproof Make-Ahead Gravy," 17 Nov. 2011 In a medium saucepan over high heat, whisk together all the mop ingredients and bring them to a boil. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 In a large bowl, combine almond flour, poppy seeds, salt, baking powder and baking soda; whisk and set aside. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Little blue dynamos,' blueberries pack in flavor and nutrients," 11 June 2018 In a final flourish, a bamboo whisk is used to create a delicate and frothy mixture, which is then served alongside petite squares of pate de fruit. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Where to find unforgettable tea and coffee service in the Bay Area," 25 May 2018 Begin by whisking the eggs until frothy with an immersion blender or a whisk and some elbow grease. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: How to make fluffy, light matzo balls," 19 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The hostages were then whisked out of the store as police performed first aid on the man, said a police press release. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "NC police shoot man holding Harris Teeter staff hostage during standoff," 13 July 2018 The Dreamery has a cleaning staff that whisks in after each person leaves and changes all of the sheets and remakes all of the beds. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "I Paid $25 For a 45-Minute Nap at NYC’s New Sleep Store—and Yes, It Was Dreamy," 13 July 2018 Prepare the sauce, whisking together sour cream, mayonnaise, Parmesan, lemon zest, Tabasco, grated onion and mustard. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Halibut Olympia a little better than you remember," 12 July 2018 Others forge ahead, whisking everything together before O’Donnell has a chance to dive in. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "For these immigrants, flipping pancakes and learning English go hand-in-hand," 12 July 2018 Add whipped cream to lime mixture, whisking until smooth. Teri Mena, sacbee, "Dessert anxiety? Pie keeps you chill," 10 July 2018 For Boston, the move recalled the adventures of Doug Mirabelli, who was whisked across the country in May 2006 after a quickie trade with San Diego because the Red Sox needed a catcher for Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball against the Yankees. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Red Sox Fine-Tune Their Roster for a Visit With the Yankees," 29 June 2018 Place all ingredients except oil in a medium bowl and whisk in oil. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sweet summer on a plate: Fruits can enhance savory dishes, too," 26 June 2018 Police came and whisked them out of the neighborhood, signaling Farrell’s determination to keep the area clear. San Francisco Chronicle, "“There is a suitcase full of human s— on the corner of Isis and 13th,” the email read. “Last night, I had to threaten violence to a man smoking crystal meth on my front porch. This morning, my 2-year-old son and I watched a rat rummage through the trash in our gutter.," 25 June 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 , 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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