\ 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 Add the milk and the bay leaf and stir well with a whisk to break up any lumps and smooth the sauce. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Classic Lasagna alla Bolognese," 2 Feb. 2021 Add the eggs, oil and vanilla extract and beat vigorously with a whisk until smooth and thoroughly combined. Washington Post, "This apple and pear cake recipe was a family mystery, until I cracked its delicious code," 16 Dec. 2020 With a whisk, break the yolks and combine with the sugar. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "Peppermint ice cream recipe with 5 simple ingredients," 15 Dec. 2020 Remove from the heat and whisk in the maple syrup and almond spread. Akili King, Vogue, "6 Chefs Share Their Favorite Vegan Recipes For the Holiday Season," 24 Nov. 2020 Add a few tablespoons of broth from the soup to the sour cream mixture and whisk. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "After 20 years, beloved Twin Cities soupmaker behind Birdsong Soups is retiring," 27 Jan. 2021 The powder falls into the waiting cup of hot water, where a magnetic whisk whips the water and matcha into a frothy, grassy brew. Gear Team, Wired, "CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future," 14 Jan. 2021 To make pancake batter, whisk eggs together in a large bowl. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Ring in the new year with restaurant-worthy brunch recipes that re-create the weekend meal’s leisurely magic," 30 Dec. 2020 To make the shortbread, in a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Cookies make the holidays merry: 5 great recipes," 9 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour (or gluten-free 1 to 1 baking flour), almond meal, baking powder and salt (whisk to remove any clumps). Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Add sunny Mediterranean flavor to your winter with this olive oil citrus cake," 25 Feb. 2021 While coconut mixture is coming to a boil, in a medium bowl, whisk together cornstarch and remaining ¼ cup granulated sugar. Kristina Kurek, Good Housekeeping, "Coconut Cream Pie," 24 Feb. 2021 Place the mayonnaise, pickle, onion, sambal oelek, fish sauce, celery salt and paprika in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Star Tribune, "Recipes: Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with NOLA East Mayo, Lagos Plantains With Yaji Dip," 22 Jan. 2021 In a separate small bowl, whisk together yogurt, cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Strawberries with Yogurt Cream is packed with vitamin C and fiber," 12 Feb. 2021 Existing and future reclaimed wetlands around the city would be connected by a system of canals on which hovercraft would whisk suburban commuters to downtown skyscrapers. Steven Litt, cleveland, "KSU architecture show turns Great Lakes into client for visionary projects," 7 Feb. 2021 Add two cups beef or chicken stock and two cups reserved chile liquid; gradually whisk in masa harina or cornmeal to remove any lumps. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Skip the beans, forget tomatoes. Here’s how to make a ‘bowl of red’ chili con carne," 4 Feb. 2021 Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and lemon juice until foamy and combined. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Greek Lemon Chicken Soup," 6 Jan. 2021 In a large bowl, with a fork, whisk together the butter and sugar, until creamy. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Leftover Citrus Bars," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Whisk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whisk. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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