- to move with a rapid, sweeping stroke: She whisked everything off the table with her arm.
- to sweep (dust, crumbs, etc., or a surface) with a whisk broom, brush, or the like.
- to draw, snatch, carry, etc., lightly and rapidly: He whisked the money into his pocket.
- to whip (eggs, cream, etc.) to a froth with a whisk or beating instrument.
- to sweep, pass, or go lightly and rapidly.
- an act of whisking.
- a rapid, sweeping stroke; light, rapid movement.
- whisk broom.
- a small bunch of grass, straw, hair, or the like, especially for use in brushing.
- an implement, usually a bunch of wire loops held together in a handle, for beating or whipping eggs, cream, etc.
Origin of whisk
Related Words for whiskdash, hurry, wipe, whip, dart, fly, shoot, rush, bullet, zip, tear, flit, flick, sweep, race, whiz, barrel, speed, flutter
Examples from the Web for whisk
Contemporary Examples of whisk
Whisk in the half and half and season to taste with salt and pepper.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole
December 27, 2014
Separate egg yolk and whites, add chocolate powder to egg whites and whisk.
In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs and cook in a pan to scramble, remove from heat and sprinkle with cheese.
Whisk together maple syrup and whiskey, add as much whiskey as desired.
Silently, he moves to grab a kombo (a whisk broom instrument)—then, softly, he taps her shoulders and head.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
Historical Examples of whisk
Add to them the sugar, and beat with a whisk for about twenty minutes until they rise.
Add the eggs and sauce, and mill with a whisk until the eggs are thick.
Work them well with a whisk or wooden spoon, adding the oil drop by drop.
Then whisk your cream up very well, take off the froth with a spoon, and fill the glasses carefully, as full as they will hold.
Whisk the whites of four eggs to a froth, mix it with the almonds, and a pound of sifted sugar, till reduced to a paste.
- (tr; often foll by away or off) to brush, sweep, or wipe off lightly
- (tr) to move, carry, etc, with a light or rapid sweeping motionthe taxi whisked us to the airport
- (intr) to move, go, etc, quickly and nimblyto whisk downstairs for a drink
- (tr) to whip (eggs, cream, etc) to a froth
- the act of whisking
- a light rapid sweeping movement or stroke
- a utensil, often incorporating a coil of wires, for whipping eggs, etc
- a small brush or broom
- a small bunch or bundle, as of grass, straw, etc
Word Origin for whisk
late 14c., "quick stroke, sweeping movement," probably from Old Norse visk "wisp," from Proto-Germanic *wisk- "move quickly" (cf. Middle Dutch wisch, Dutch wis, Old High German wisc, German wisch "wisp, brush"), from PIE root *weis- "to turn, twist" (cf. Sanskrit veskah "noose," Czech vechet "a wisp of straw"). Meaning "implement for beating eggs, etc." first recorded 1570s.
late 15c., from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish viske, Norwegian, Swedish viska) related to Old English wiscian "to plait," weoxian "to clean" (with a whisk or brush), granwisc "awn" (see whisk (n.)). Related: Whisked; whisking.