- 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 Wordsdash, hurry, wipe, whip, dart, fly, shoot, rush, bullet, zip, tear, flit, flick, sweep, race, whiz, barrel, speed, flutter
Examples from the Web for whisked
She narrowed her eyes, bit her lip as if to chew over the question, and whisked some stray blond hairs away from her face.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
After last night's dinner, Will and Kate, still in evening dress, were whisked to JFK airport for an overnight flight home.Kate and William's Glamorous $2m New York Send Off
December 10, 2014
Before he could grab a bottled water, he was whisked away to do a Q&A for an audience of three thousand.Why We're Obsessed With George Takei
Jennifer M. Kroot
August 20, 2014
The four military men in the jet were whisked away and tried in the United States.U.S. Soldiers, Accused of Rape in Italy, Hope to Go Free in America
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 25, 2014
“You whisked in, hard, some egg white and then poured it, bit by bit, onto the yolks in a bowl,” Brazier later recalled.The Queen of the French Kitchen
March 26, 2014
He unbound his crimson silk cloth and whisked it about in the water to wash it.The Chinese Fairy Book
And, bolting the window, she whisked out of the room and locked the door behind her.The Burning Spear
Mary lifted the pan from the stove, whisked it to the table, and blew her fingers.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
The saints send it's not the white horse of the O'Donoghues has whisked her off!The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
I whisked him back by saying, "If you had stuck to the ship, you mean!"Lord Jim
- (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 and History for whisked
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.
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.