\ 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


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


with a whisk of the broom, the dirt was gone


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

Place pan over medium- high heat and whisk until mixture reaches a simmer. Serena Thompson And Teri Edwards, Country Living, "Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe," 12 May 2017 Remove from heat and whisk in mustard and lemon juice. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Quick Charred Escarole with Sauteed Garlic and Lemon," 30 Nov. 2018 Squeeze 3 tablespoons lime juice into small bowl, whisk in honey and poppy seeds. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Winter Citrus Fruit Salad," 28 Nov. 2018 Heat the milk in a saucepan, but don't boil it. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4-quart) pot and whisk in the flour. Ina Garten, House Beautiful, "Ina Garten's Mac and Cheese," 5 Aug. 2010 To assemble: Use an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment to whip cream and sugar over low speed about 3 minutes. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "The Greatest New Year’s Menus on the Planet (at Least We Think So)," 26 Dec. 2018 Make a slurry by combining cornstarch and water, adding water gradually, with a whisk. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Asian chicken wings are a hit at Potawatomi Bingo Casino," 9 May 2018 Make the topping: In a stand mixer, with a hand mixer, or by hand with a whisk, whip the cream, sugar, and lavender together until soft peaks form. Adrienne Westenfeld, Town & Country, "An Indulgent Take On High Tea: Chocolate Lavender Pie," 15 Mar. 2014 Reduce speed to medium and whisk 3 minutes more, then reduce speed to low and whisk until batter leaves a ribbon-like trail when whisk is lifted, about 1 minute more. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "The Greatest New Year’s Menus on the Planet (at Least We Think So)," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add the cream and vanilla, and whisk until combined. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 In a very large bowl, whisk flour and salt together to combine and then add yeast mixture and olive oil. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Samin Nosrat Wants Viewers to Cook What They See on Her New Netflix Show, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," 19 Oct. 2018 The Israeli soldiers retreated to the border under intense cover fire from Israeli aircraft and were whisked away in a helicopter. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israel, Gaza Militants Exchange Heavy Fire After Raid Goes Awry," 12 Nov. 2018 Claire was first launched in 1910 and — along with its sister, the 1902-built Columbia — spent its life whisking Detroiters to Boblo Island, 18 miles southwest of Windsor. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Boblo boat SS Ste. Claire catches fire at Detroit marina," 6 July 2018 Officials said Mnangagwa was whisked from the stadium rally to a nearby government building in Bulawayo, a traditional opposition stronghold. Farai Mutsaka, USA TODAY, "A ‘cowardly act:’ Authorities say explosion was assassination attempt on Zimbabwe leader," 23 June 2018 Get whisked away to Havana on Mondays at Bomba, the Northeast Ohio taco eatery. cleveland.com, "10 things to do in Akron and Summit County the week of May 14-20," 14 May 2018 The 300-mile improvement for the Global 7000 means the plane will be able to whisk passengers from New York to Hong Kong, or Singapore to San Francisco, Bombardier said in a statement Sunday. Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg.com, "The Luxury Jet Industry Has a New Long-Range Champion," 15 Apr. 2018 In a large bowl, whisk together lime juice, honey, and 1/4 tsp salt; stir in jalapeño and white parts of scallions. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lime Tilapia With Citrus-Avocado Salsa," 19 Dec. 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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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 , 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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