[hwisk, wisk]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to sweep, pass, or go lightly and rapidly.


Nearby words

  1. whirlybird,
  2. whirr,
  3. whirry,
  4. whish,
  5. whisht,
  6. whisk broom,
  7. whisker,
  8. whiskered,
  9. whiskery,
  10. whiskey

Origin of whisk

1325–75; (noun) Middle English (Scots) wysk rapid sweeping movement; (v.) earlier Scots wisk, quhisk < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse, Norwegian visk wisp, Swedish viska besom, wisp, to whisk (off), Danish viske to wipe (compare Old High German wisken to wipe, wisc wisp of hay); for development of wh cf. whip

Related formsun·whisked, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for whisk



(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

C14: from Old Norse visk wisp; related to Middle Dutch wisch, Old High German wisc

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Word Origin and History for whisk
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