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

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

Slowly whisk in grits, being careful to avoid lumps forming. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Grits a la The South Chicken & Waffles," 23 May 2018 Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until combined and smooth. Jill O'connor, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cookbook celebrates versatility of oranges," 26 Mar. 2018 The efficient staff had about an hour to serve three courses and then whisk the dishes away, eaten or not, so meal time would be over by show time. Beth Harris And Lynn Elber, The Seattle Times, "Off-camera at the Globes with Roberts, Ali, Theron," 7 Jan. 2019 His way of avoiding that problem is to start with the acid and the emulsifier, such as honey and/or mustard, and then whisk in the oil. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Not a peep of stress: A foolishly simple menu for an April 1 Easter," 20 Mar. 2018 Let sit at least 5 minutes to soften the shallot’s bite and infuse oil with flavor, then whisk in pepper to taste and the oil. Sunset, "Composed Mediterranean Salad," 22 Jan. 2018 Remove from heat, let cool slightly, then whisk in sugar, beets, vanilla, espresso powder and salt. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Delicious Dessert Recipes," 3 Jan. 2018 Strain mixture into a large bowl, then whisk in half-and- half, cream, and vanilla. Serena Thompson And Teri Edwards, Country Living, "Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe," 12 May 2017 Then whisk the egg mixture back into the half-and-half in the pot. Town & Country, "Not Your Average Pumpkin Pie," 22 Sep. 2014

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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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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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