\ 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

Add the salt and whisk until the chocolate is melted and incorporated. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Creamy and just the right amount sweet, this is the chocolate ice cream base we swear by," 9 July 2019 Using stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whip 2 cups cream on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Washington Post, "This chocolate éclair cake is an instant dessert classic," 1 July 2019 In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and salt on medium speed until foamy. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: For a glorious summer dessert, make individual Pavlovas topped with berries and cream," 10 June 2019 Put the cloves in a bowl, run hot water over them, and stir with a whisk. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Humanity’s Eternal Quest for a Better Way of Peeling Garlic," 18 June 2019 There’s the old-fashioned method, of course, which is beating air in by hand with a balloon whisk. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "The best thing to do with heavy cream? Whip it, whip it good.," 17 June 2019 Add the flour and whisk until just combined (the batter will be lumpy; that’s OK). 2 Pour the batter into a 10-inch round baking dish or pie pan. Ben Mims, latimes.com, "The Saturday Cook: Cherry tomatoes star in a savory custard for a post-farmers market brunch," 15 June 2019 Skip the whisk: Keep your dressing prep easy and use the jar method to emulsify your vinaigrette. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Outerlands’ Salad With Burrata, Strawberries & Fennel," 29 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Several of the aircraft were tied to scandals — such as the helicopter that whisked a senior official to his country house in 2015. Washington Post, "López Obrador’s cost-cutting spree is transforming Mexico — and drawing blowback from bureaucrats," 15 July 2019 Here’s why: the promise of opening up a new rail route for commuters, called the Grand Junction, that could whisk suburbanites from the west across the Charles, into Cambridge, and all the way to North Station. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Kendall Square businesses, citing a ‘state of emergency,’ demand revenue to fix the T," 24 June 2019 Add the vinegar, honey, the ½ teaspoon of salt and the black pepper, whisking to form a blended dressing. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "This deserves to be your summer’s go-to bacon salad," 19 June 2019 Add the vinegar, honey, the 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the black pepper, whisking to form a blended dressing. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "This deserves to be your summer’s go-to bacon salad," 17 June 2019 Boeing has unveiled a concept jet that will be capable of whisking passengers from New York to London at a blistering Mach 5 – making it capable of crossing the pond in just two hours. Yaron Steinbuch, Fox News, "Boeing's concept jet could fly New York to London in 2 hours," 27 June 2018 Officine Buona Forchetta will whisk mom to the Italian countryside of Umbria for a feast of Northern Italian entrees, including pastas, pizzas and delectable desserts, along with a complimentary mimosa. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "117 ways to celebrate mom: Your San Diego guide to Mother's Day brunches, lunches and dinners," 7 May 2018 The plan calls for creating new high-speed rail lines deep underground—the basic idea behind the English Channel tunnel, or Chunnel, that whisks travelers at 186 miles per hour from London to Paris in just two hours and 20 minutes. Nicole Goodkind, Newsweek, "Trump Infrastructure Plan Includes Elon Musk-Style High-Speed Rail Tunnels And Eminent Domain," 5 Jan. 2018 Stashed in a storage trunk, stalked by a cluster of TV cameras, it was whisked through the bowels of Enterprise Center, past a metal barricade setup meant for a celebration that never came. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Bruins’ Core Steps Up to Counterpunch Blues, Take Stanley Cup Final the Distance," 10 June 2019

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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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