Word of the Day: whisk

 
 
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Word of the Day
 
November 24, 2015
 
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A whisk is a wire tool we use for whipping eggs or cream. As a verb, whisk means 'to whip or stir quickly,' but it also means 'to move something suddenly,' or 'to carry something quickly.' A sudden and brief movement is also called a whisk.
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Example sentences
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You can use a whisk when you make tiramisu.
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Whisk the eggs and sugar together until they are stiff.
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Declan was so angry that he whisked his stuff off the desk and stormed out of the office.
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We were running late, but luckily Tom whisked us to the train station.
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With a whisk of her cape, the witch disappeared.
 
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Words often used with whisk
 
Whisk is often followed by off, away, and to to mean that someone is being taken somewhere. In old-fashioned fairy tales, we often hear about a princess being whisked away by a handsome prince.
 
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Did you know?
 
Whisk, beat, and stir are three words we use when mixing things in the kitchen, and they all mean something slightly different. You can only whisk thin, watery substances, like eggs, and you can do this with a whisk, a fork, or an electric mixer. Cookie dough is way too thick to whisk, but you can stir it, often with a wooden spoon. Beat is similar to whisk in that you can beat thin substances like eggs, but you can also beat thicker substances like butter, often with an electric mixer. 
 
Commonly confused with
 
Whiskers are either a person's beard, or the stiff hairs that some mammals, like cats, have on the sides of their faces. A whisker is a single hair on a man's face.
Origin
 
Whisk dates back to the middle third of the 14th century. As a noun, it comes from the Middle English (Scots) word wysk (a rapid sweeping movement) and, as a verb, it comes from the earlier Scots word wisk and the Scandinavian word quhisk.
 
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