- The definition of a whip is a flexible piece of leather attached to a handle.
An example of a whip is a long leather belt-like strap carried by cowboys for use in driving cattle.
- Whip is defined as to beat eggs or cream to incorporate air or for someone to move quickly.
- An example of to whip is to beat eggs with a whisk.
- An example of to whip is to quickly run down the store aisles grabbing needed items.
Eggs being whipped.
transitive verbwhipped or whipt, whipping
- to move, pull, jerk, snatch, throw, etc. suddenly: usually with out, off, up, etc.: to whip out a knife
- to strike, as with a strap or rod; lash; beat
- to punish in this manner
- to force, drive, compel, or urge by or as by whipping
- to strike as a whip does: the rain whipped her face
- to attack with stinging words; flay
- to wind (cord or thread) around (a rope, etc.) so as to prevent fraying
- to fish (a stream, etc.) by making repeated casts with a rod and line
- to beat (egg whites, cream, etc.) with a fork, whisk, mixer, etc. so as to incorporate air and make frothy
- to sew (a seam or hem) with a loose, overcasting or overhand stitch
- Informal to defeat or outdo, as in a contest
- Naut. to hoist by means of a rope passing through an overhead pulley
Origin of whipMiddle English whippen ; from Middle Dutch wippen, to swing, move up and down ; from Indo-European an unverified form weib-, to turn, swing: see vibrate
- to move, go, or pass quickly and suddenly: he whipped down the stairs
- to flap or thrash about in a whiplike manner: flags whipping in high wind
- to cast with a fishing rod, using a quick, whiplike motion
- an instrument for striking or flogging, consisting generally of a stiff or flexible rod with a lash attached to one end
- a blow, cut, etc. made with or as with a whip
- a person who uses a whip, as a coachman or a huntsman who whips on the hounds
- an officer of a political party, as in Congress or Parliament, who maintains discipline and enforces attendancealso party whip
- Brit. a call issued to party members in a lawmaking body to be in attendance to vote on a certain issue: a three-line whip
- an officer of a political party, as in Congress or Parliament, who maintains discipline and enforces attendance
- a whipping motion
- a dessert made of sugar and whipped cream, stiffly beaten egg whites, or gelatin, and often fruit
- something resembling a whip in its action, as a windmill vane, kind of eggbeater, etc.
- a hoisting apparatus consisting of a single rope passing through an overhead pulley
- a flexible vertical rod for use as a radio antennaalso whip antenna
Origin of whipME whippe < MDu wippe
whip into shape
- to rouse; excite: to whip up enthusiasm
- Informal to prepare quickly and efficiently
verbwhipped whipped also whipt, whip·ping, whips
- To strike with a strap or rod; lash: whipped the horse with the reins.
- To afflict, castigate, or reprove severely: “For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
- To strike or affect in a manner similar to whipping or lashing: Icy winds whipped my face.
- To arouse or excite, especially with words: whipped the audience into a rage.
- To beat (cream or eggs, for example) into a froth or foam.
- Informal To snatch, pull, or remove in a sudden manner: He whipped off his cap.
- To sew with a loose overcast or overhand stitch.
- To wrap or bind (a rope, for example) with twine to prevent unraveling or fraying.
- Nautical To hoist by means of a rope passing through an overhead pulley.
- Informal To defeat soundly: Our team can whip your team.
- To move in a sudden, quick manner; dart: whipped out to the airport.
- To move in a manner similar to a whip; thrash or snap about: Branches whipped against the windows.
- An instrument, either a flexible rod or a flexible thong or lash attached to a handle, used for driving animals or administering corporal punishment.
- A whipping or lashing motion or stroke; a whiplash.
- A blow, wound, or cut made by whipping.
- Something, such as a long radio antenna on a motor vehicle, that is similar to a whip in form or flexibility.
- Sports Flexibility, as in the shaft of a golf club: a fishing rod with a lot of whip.
- Sports A whipper-in.
- a. A member of a legislative body, such as the US Congress or the British Parliament, charged by his or her party with enforcing party discipline and ensuring attendance.b. A call issued to party members in a lawmaking body to ensure attendance at a particular time.
- A dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream, often with fruit or fruit flavoring: prune whip.
- An arm on a windmill.
- Nautical A hoist consisting of a single rope passing through an overhead pulley.
- A ride in an amusement park, consisting of small cars that move in a rapid, whipping motion along an oval track.
Origin of whipMiddle English wippen, whippen; see weip- in Indo-European roots.
- A lash; a pliant, flexible instrument, such as a rod (commonly of cane or rattan) or a plaited or braided rope or thong (commonly of leather) used to create a sharp "crack" sound for directing or herding animals
- (hunting) A whipper-in.
- (politics) A member of a political party who is in charge of enforcing the party's policies in votes.
- Whipped cream.
- (nautical) A purchase in which one block is used to gain a 2:1 mechanical advantage.
- (African American Vernacular) A mode of personal motorized transportation; an automobile, all makes and models including motorcycles, excluding public transportation.
- (roller derby) A move in which one player transfers momentum to another.
(third-person singular simple present whips, present participle whipping, simple past and past participle whipped)
- To hit with a whip.
- The rider whipped the horse.
- By extension, to hit with any flexible object.
- I whipped her with a newspaper.
- (slang) To defeat, as in a contest or game.
- To mix in a rapid aerating fashion, especially food.
- to whip eggs or cream
- To urge into action.
- He whipped the department into shape.
- (nautical) To bind the end of a rope with twine or other small stuff to prevent its unlaying: fraying or unravelling.
- (nautical) To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.
- To sew lightly; specifically, to form (a fabric) into gathers by loosely overcasting the rolled edge and drawing up the thread.
- to whip a ruffle
- To throw or kick an object at a high velocity.
- To fish a body of water especially by making repeated casts.
- (intransitive) To snap back and forth like a whip.
- The pennants whipped in the wind.
- (intransitive) To move very fast.
- To move (something) very fast; often with up, out, etc.
- (roller derby) To transfer momentum from one skater to another.
- (figuratively) To lash with sarcasm, abuse, etc.
- To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking.
- to whip wheat
From Middle English hwippen or whippen. Middle High German wipfen, wepfen and Middle Dutch wippen (“to move quickly”), possibly all from a Proto-Germanic *wip. Some similarity to Sanskrit root वेप् (vep), Latin vibrō (“I shake”). (See Swedish vippa and Danish vippe (“to shake”)).