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whisk Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a mixer incorporating a coil of wires; used for whipping eggs or cream
  2. noun a small short-handled broom used to brush clothes
    whisk broom.
  3. verb move somewhere quickly
    • The President was whisked away in his limo
  4. verb move quickly and nimbly
    • He whisked into the house
  5. verb brush or wipe off lightly
    whisk off.
  6. verb whip with or as if with a wire whisk
    • whisk the eggs

Whisk noun
See Whist, n.
  1. A game at cards; whist. Obs. Taylor (1630).
Whisk noun
Probably for wisk, and of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. visk a wisp; akin to Dan. visk, Sw. viska, D. wisch, OHG. wisc, G. wisch. See Wisp.
  1. The act of whisking; a rapid, sweeping motion, as of something light; a sudden motion or quick puff.
    This first sad whisk Takes off thy dukedom; thou art but an earl. J. Fletcher.
  2. A small bunch of grass, straw, twigs, hair, or the like, used for a brush; hence, a brush or small besom, as of broom corn.
  3. A small culinary instrument made of wire, or the like, for whisking or beating eggs, cream, etc. Boyle.
  4. A kind of cape, forming part of a woman's dress.
    My wife in her new lace whisk. Pepys.
  5. An impertinent fellow. Prov. Eng. Halliwell.
  6. A plane used by coopers for evening chines.
Whisk transitive verb
Cf. Dan. viske, Sw. viska, G. wischen, D. wisschen. See Whisk, n.
imperfect & past participle Whisked ; present participle & verbal noun Whisking
  1. To sweep, brush, or agitate, with a light, rapid motion; as, to whisk dust from a table; to whisk the white of eggs into a froth.
  2. To move with a quick, sweeping motion.
    He that walks in gray, whisking his riding rod. J. Fletcher.
    I beg she would not impale worms, nor whisk carp out of one element into another. Walpole.
Whisk intransitive verb
  1. To move nimbly at with velocity; to make a sudden agile movement.

Webster 1913

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