- 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.
whip definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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: ME whippe < MDu wippe
whip definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb whipped whipped or whipt , whip·ping, whips verb, transitive
- To strike with repeated strokes, as with a strap or rod; lash.
- a. To punish or chastise by repeated striking with a strap or rod; flog.b. To afflict, castigate, or reprove severely: “For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
- To drive, force, or compel by flogging, lashing, or other means.
- To strike or affect in a manner similar to whipping or lashing: Icy winds whipped my face.
- 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; outdo: Our team can whip your team.
- To move in a sudden, quick manner; dart.
- 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 or as if 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.
- Sports A whipper-in.
- a. A member of a legislative body, such as the U.S. 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: Middle English wippen, whippen; see weip- in Indo-European roots.
- whipˈper noun
whip - Cultural Definition
In the United States Congress or state legislatures, an assistant to the majority leader or minority leader responsible for stirring up party support on issues, keeping track of party members' votes, and acting as a general liaison between the majority leader or minority leader and other party members.
whip - Phrases/Idioms
whip into shape
- to rouse; excite to whip up enthusiasm
- Informal to prepare quickly and efficiently
whip into shape