Word of the Day: whip

Word of the Day
July 27, 2016
whip (noun, verb)
/hwɪp, wɪp/  sound icon
A whisk is an ideal tool for making whipped cream by hand.
To whip means 'to beat with a flexible piece of leather.' This is often done as punishment, or for animals like horses it is done to make them go faster. It also means 'to go quickly' or 'to move or seize suddenly'. Figuratively, whip also means 'to train or prepare someone intensely.' Informally, it means 'to defeat' and, in cooking, to whip means 'to mix something until it becomes very light and full of air.' As a noun, a whip is a leather rope, and the stroke, or movement, of a whip.


Example sentences
The master whipped the slave for his disobedience.
The jockey whipped her horse and they won the race.
Cars were whipping past at a great speed.
At the end of the main course, the waiter whipped the plates off the table and took them away, before returning with our desserts.
The teacher whipped the college candidates into shape for their interviews.
We absolutely whipped the other team!
Whip the cream until it just holds its shape, then gently fold in the other ingredients.
The rider picked up her whip before mounting her horse.


Multi-word forms
whip off: produce a piece of work quickly. Example: "Oh this essay is just something I whipped off in a spare half an hour."
whip up: put something together quickly. Example: "Tom hadn't expected visitors, but he managed to whip up a meal for everybody from the ingredients he had in the fridge."
Did you know?
In many political systems, the party whip is a member of a political party who is given the job of making sure all the other members of the party attend when they need to vote and, sometimes, that they vote in accordance with official party policy.
Other forms
whipper (noun)
Whip dates back to the early 13th century, as the Middle English noun w(h)ippe and verb w(h)ippen. Since then, only its spelling has changed slightly. It is related to the Dutch verb wippen, 'to swing, oscillate,' and to the Low German wip(pe), 'quick movement.'
Whip in other languages
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