\ 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


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

Using an immersion blender or a whisk, beat until the eggs are light and frothy. 2. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: How to make fluffy, light matzo balls," 19 Mar. 2018 In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together brown sugar and cold-brew coffee. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 In a second bowl, whisk pumpkin and brown sugar, then whisk in eggs and oil until smooth. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thanksgiving Cake," 24 Oct. 2018 In large bowl, whisk pumpkin, sugars, egg yolks, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until well combined. Ina Garten, Good Housekeeping, "Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits," 2 Oct. 2015 In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together the ginger juice, ½ cup olive oil and sherry vinegar. 4. House Beautiful, "Ginger Marinated Heirloom Tomato with Watermelon, Burrata, and Arugula," 12 May 2011 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

First, she was whisked into the Tabernacle Atlanta, where the Jonas Brothers would be performing, past what looks like crowds of fans waiting to get in. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra Went to Her First Jonas Brothers Concert and Documented the Whole Thing," 31 Mar. 2019 Despite the drama, Meghan kept totally calm throughout the visit, maintained a perfectly professional smile and even waved to fans as she was whisked back into the car. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Latest Royal Appearance in Fiji Was Cut Short Due to a Security Risk," 24 Oct. 2018 Over the four-minute experience, we’re whisked through worlds both fantastic and familiar: soaring through treetops, huddled in a foreboding alleyway, surrounded by mystical beings in a desert. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "‘I Was Raised on the Internet’ Review: Binary Reactions to the Digital World," 15 Sep. 2018 Tap it and you’ll instantly be whisked away to the appropriate screen. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Android 9 Pie is here: What's new, what's awesome, and how to get it now," 6 Aug. 2018 Instead, he was whisked by helicopter to Churchill’s home for an elaborate dinner with British business officials and his friends. Seung Min Kim, Washington Post, "After disparaging his hosts, Trump meets with Theresa May," 13 July 2018 He's whisked from place to place by armed U.S. Capitol police in black SUVs with intimidatingly dark-tinted windows. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Eat at home, McConnell, until you're ready to listen to all the people," 10 July 2018 Her thread described the all-too-familiar experience of black media outlets being placed at the end of carpets and often not getting the opportunity to interview talent before they’re whisked inside. Tre'vell Anderson, latimes.com, "Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson aren't 'Sorry to Bother You' or the status quo," 28 June 2018 If all goes to plan, humans will be ousted from the controls of our Ubers and we’ll be whisked from A to B by algorithm. Stephen Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "New tech books: ‘Bad Blood,’ ‘Live Work Work Work Die,’ ‘The Efficiency Paradox’," 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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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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