Whip Definition

wĭp, hwĭp
whipped, whipping, whips, whipt
whipped, whipping, whips
To strike, as with a strap or rod; lash; beat.
Webster's New World
To afflict, castigate, or reprove severely.
American Heritage
To punish in this manner.
Webster's New World
To strike or affect in a manner similar to whipping or lashing.
Icy winds whipped my face.
American Heritage
To cast with a fishing rod, using a quick, whiplike motion.
Webster's New World
An instrument for striking or flogging, consisting generally of a stiff or flexible rod with a lash attached to one end.
Webster's New World
A blow, cut, etc. made with or as with a whip.
Webster's New World
A person who uses a whip, as a coachman or a huntsman who whips on the hounds.
Webster's New World
A whipping motion.
Webster's New World
Flexibility, as in the shaft of a golf club.
A fishing rod with a lot of whip.
American Heritage

(baseball) Walks plus hits per inning pitched; a statistic of the number of baserunners a pitcher has allowed per inning pitched.

whip into shape
  • To bring to a specified state or condition, vigorously and often forcefully.
American Heritage
crack the whip
  • to employ stern or harsh measures; enforce strict discipline
Webster's New World
whip in
  • to bring together or assemble, as a party whip does
Webster's New World
whip into shape
  • to bring by vigorous action into the proper or desired condition
Webster's New World
whip up
  • to rouse; excite

    to whip up enthusiasm

  • to prepare quickly and efficiently
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Whip



Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Whip

Origin of Whip

  • 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")).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English wippen, whippen weip- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to whip using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With