\ 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 It can be made quickly with little more than a whisk and a bowl. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Rosy blood orange juice stars in this olive oil loaf cake with pistachios," 13 Apr. 2021 Pour in warm milk ¼ cup at a time, stirring constantly with wooden spoon or whisk until smooth. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Transform leftover holiday ham into an elegant tart," 8 Apr. 2021 Season to taste with salt and pepper and whisk to incorporate. Katie Workman, Washington Post, "Make a spring Cobb salad the centerpiece of a festive and thrifty Easter brunch," 29 Mar. 2021 And for Bueno, that meant putting down the microphone and picking up a whisk. Rob Ledonne Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Their careers as actors and singers evaporated because of COVID-19. Now they’re baking cakes and making candles," 27 Mar. 2021 Beyond the immersion blender itself, this device comes with four additional attachments: a chopper, beaker, milk frother and whisk. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "7 best immersion blenders to keep on hand in the kitchen," 26 Mar. 2021 Crack your eggs into a bowl or large liquid measuring cup that’s big enough to hold at least a couple of cups of liquid and can accommodate a whisk. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Eggs Are Temperamental and Must Be Tempered," 8 Mar. 2021 Season with salt and whisk until ingredients are fully incorporated. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "How to Cook Smarter: Easy Recipes and Pandemic Takeaways," 5 Mar. 2021 In large bowl, whisk eggs, brown sugar, whipping cream and vanilla until completely combined. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "5 favorite Easter brunch recipes perfect for any table," 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Slather chicken with it before roasting or whisk it into olive oil and drizzle over hearty cruciferous vegetables. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, "There Is No Substitute for Marmite," 15 Apr. 2021 The pedestrian shuttle will whisk convention attendees from one facility to the other in two one-way tunnels 40 feet beneath the ground. Matt Villano, CNN, "Las Vegas is set to come out of Covid-19 better than ever," 14 Apr. 2021 Link's parents show up unexpectedly in an RV and whisk the kids away. Lincee Ray, EW.com, "Grey's Anatomy recap: Meredith wakes up," 9 Apr. 2021 Some immediately take long-distance rides, having made arrangements with smugglers to whisk them away. Los Angeles Times, "The other Rio Grande: Central American migrants navigate jungle river en route to the United States," 23 Mar. 2021 That sets up final congressional approval by the House next week so lawmakers can whisk it to Biden for his signature. Alan Fram, ajc, "Biden, Dems prevail as Senate OKs $1.9T virus relief bill," 6 Mar. 2021 Senate approval, considered likely over the weekend, would give the House time to approve the legislation and whisk it to Biden for his signature. Alan Fram, BostonGlobe.com, "Last-ditch effort to hike minimum wage to $15 an hour appears to fail in Senate," 5 Mar. 2021 Place the champagne vinegar in a small bowl and whisk with salt, pepper and sugar or honey to taste. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area salmon season is in full swing for home cooks but uncertain for fishers," 13 July 2020 In a small bowl, whisk together water, orange juice concentrate, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, gingerroot and sesame oil. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Asian flavors enhance salmon cooked in parchment paper," 4 Apr. 2021

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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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18 Apr 2021

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“Whisk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whisk. Accessed 20 Apr. 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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