verb (used with object), whipped or whipt, whip·ping.
verb (used without object), whipped or whipt, whip·ping.
- a party manager in a legislative body who secures attendance for voting and directs other members.
- (in Britain) a written call made on members of a party to be in attendance for voting.
- to plan or assemble quickly: to whip up a delicious dinner.
- to incite; arouse; stir: to whip up the mob.
Origin of whip
Synonyms for whip
verb whips, whipping or whipped
- a member of a party chosen to organize and discipline the members of his faction, esp in voting and to assist in the arrangement of the business
- a call issued to members of a party, insisting with varying degrees of urgency upon their presence or loyal voting behaviour
- (in the British Parliament) a schedule of business sent to members of a party each week. Each item on it is underlined to indicate its importance: one line means that no division is expected, two lines means that the item is fairly important, and three lines means that the item is very important and every member must attend and vote according to the party line
Word Origin for whip
early 14c., from whip (v.). In parliamentary use from 1850 (the verb in this sense is recorded from 1742), from the sense in fox-hunting. The parliamentary whip's duty originally was to ensure the attendance of party members on important occasions.
mid-13c., wippen "flap violently," from Proto-Germanic *wipp- (cf. Danish vippe "to raise with a swipe," Middle Dutch, Dutch wippen "to swing," Old High German wipf "swing, impetus"), from PIE *wib- "move quickly." The cookery sense is from 1670s. Related: Whipped; whipping. Whipping boy first recorded 1640s; whipping block is from c.1877. Whip-saw is attested from 1530s; whip snake first recorded 1774.
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with whip
- whip up
- crack the whip
- lick (whip) into shape
- smart as a whip
- upper (whip) hand