\ 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

Take off heat and whisk in flour until fully combined. Josie Sexton, The Know, "From peach foie gras to boozy slushies, 20 ways to eat peaches at Denver restaurants right now," 28 Aug. 2019 Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky State Fair homemade cake winner is a delicious mix of bourbon, chocolate and nuts," 13 Aug. 2019 Remove from heat and whisk constantly until room temperature (quick cool over ice if desired). Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "These Sweet Recipes Are Perfect For Celebrating National Frozen Custard Day," 8 Aug. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the second, whisk together the egg and buttermilk. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Fried Green Tomatillos with Chipotle Crema Sauce," 7 Aug. 2019 In bowl, whisk together eggs and chocolate-hazelnut spread, then stir in flour and salt until fully incorporated. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies," 6 Aug. 2019 In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, nutmeg, cayenne, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Savory Bread Pudding," 16 Aug. 2018 Using a fork, whisk 4 eggs in a large bowl to blend. Ignacio Mattos, Bon Appetit, "Torta Pasqualina," 23 Apr. 2018 Using a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "A Rendez-Vous with blueberry pancakes," 16 Aug. 2019 While potatoes simmer, place butter in a small saucepan over low to medium heat, whisking occasionally. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers — and diners — dig potatoes of all types and colors," 15 Aug. 2019 Suggestion: Spear and whisk the potatoes through the tiny rivers of sauce flowing from the grouper. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Edwins serves fine French dishes with a cause (review, photos)," 15 Aug. 2019 Filling 1 1/2 cups peanut butter (smooth recommended but crunchy is also fine) For the French toast: In a bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar until sugar dissolves; mix in cream, vanilla and rum. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Decadent French toast recipes from Breakfast Republic’s chef," 13 Aug. 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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to make a temporary encampment

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