\ ˈ(h)wisk How to pronounce whisk (audio) \

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


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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 syrup from the heat and whisk in the rose water and lime juice. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "India’s sweet, syrup-soaked fried dough meets Bundt in this delectable gulab jamun cake," 9 Dec. 2019 Remove from the heat and whisk in 1 tablespoon cold tap water and let cool until warm. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: How to make 20th Century Cafe’s Russian Honey Cake," 20 Sep. 2019 Use a whisk or electric mixer to beat until soft peaks form. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "What is Vanilla (And Why Is It Sooo Expensive)?," 24 Dec. 2019 Juice charred lemon halves into a small bowl and whisk in mustard and remaining Tbsp oil. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Oven-Roasted Salmon with Charred Lemon Vinaigrette," 21 Oct. 2019 After a minute of stirring the roux, whisk in 3 to 4 cups of liquid. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "How to make the best biscuits and gravy, the easist brunch ever if you follow these steps," 25 Sep. 2019 Put the cup of bacon grease back into the pot and use a whisk to stir in the garlic. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Beer + cheese. Everything you've ever wanted to know about the Kentucky concoction," 26 Aug. 2019 Place the seafood stock in a saucepan and whisk in the squid ink. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: How to make Bellota’s ‘San Francisco Treat’ Paella," 10 July 2019 Using a wire whisk, add 4 tablespoons of the butter a few pieces at a time, whisking until fully incorporated before adding each of the few pieces, to form a creamy sauce. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Try this quick, light dish when it’s just too hot to cook outdoors," 10 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To make the sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk the mustard oil and olive oil with the lemon juice and fish sauce. Nick Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Roasted Cabbage & White Beans With Mustard Oil Gribiche," 28 Jan. 2020 In a large bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, and remaining 1½ Tbsp oil. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Squash Salad," 10 Dec. 2019 Just whisk together the olive oil, maple syrup, mustard and red wine vinegar. Lauren Joskowitz, USA TODAY, "Roasted cauliflower salad with cranberries & pistachios: Get the recipe," 19 Nov. 2019 In medium bowl, whisk together coconut oil, almond butter, heavy cream, stevia and salt until very smooth. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Almond Butter Fudge Recipe," 14 Nov. 2019 In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon rosemary, ginger and garlic until combined. Molly Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Finding calm in the kitchen isn’t always easy. Here’s how to start.," 11 Nov. 2019 Greek Chicken and Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner Serves: 5 / Prep time: 15 minutes / Total time: 1 hour, 5 minutes To prepare marinade, whisk together oil, lemon juice, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, black pepper, oregano, basil, thyme, cumin, and paprika. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Bell peppers: Packed with vitamin C and easy for sheet pan dinner," 24 Oct. 2019 In another bowl, whisk oil and sugar together; then stir in egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and buttermilk. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Flip ripe bananas and pantry basics into this upside-down cake," 26 Sep. 2019 In a small bowl, lightly whisk together the olive oil, vinegar and salt with a fork. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "How to Host a Gorgeous Summer Dinner Party Without Cooking," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of whisk


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for whisk


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

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The first known use of whisk was in the 14th century

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3 Feb 2020

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“Whisk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whisk. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce whisk (audio)

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.)



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


\ 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



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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