[ hwisk, wisk ]
/ ʰwɪsk, wɪsk /

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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/ (wɪsk) /



Word Origin for whisk

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

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