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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
whip/whisk/beat the cream (=make it thicker by beating it)
▪ Whip the cream until it is thick and light.
whisk broom
▪ She dropped the flimsy pages on to the table-top, concentrated on whisking two egg yolks in a china bowl.
▪ Make the egg wash by whisking the egg and the water thoroughly together, and lightly brush the mixture on the dough.
▪ Fold in the remaining cream with a large metal spoon. 3 Lightly whisk the egg white; fold into chocolate mixture.
▪ Then whisk in the beaten egg gradually, adding a teaspoon of flour with each addition to stop curdling.
▪ In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff.
▪ Gradually whisk in beaten egg and vanilla essence.
▪ For best results, use electric whisk for whisking the eggs and sugar for the sponge.
Whisk the eggs and sugar in a bowl over a pan of hot water.
▪ He whisked the butter and eggs together, wondering if this was the right way to make an omelette.
▪ After their release, they were whisked off to hospitals for evaluation.
▪ As the sounds of cooking became louder, the musicians gradually intervened, imitating the rhythm of a whisk beating a sauce.
▪ Hers was a brave effort for one who had to be whisked off to hospital on Tuesday after a painful accident.
▪ Strain liquid again, return to pot, and whisk in cornstarch mixture, 1 teaspoon at a time.
▪ The president and first lady are whisked out of the room and back to White House.
▪ To make vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, and basil.
▪ We whisk you away to visit two beautiful gardens, both completely different in their scope and character.
▪ When the jelly is almost set, stir in the fromage frais and whisk until light and fluffy.
▪ And there are two wire whisks, two sets of Tupperware bowls, two quiche pans, and two bread baskets.
▪ Gradually add the spiced milk, stirring with a whisk to avoid lumps.
▪ Using a large electric balloon whisk or hand-held electric whisk cream the butter and sugar together until really light and fluffy.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Whisk \Whisk\, n. [See Whist, n.] A game at cards; whist. [Obs.]
--Taylor (1630).


Whisk \Whisk\, n. [Probably for wisk, and of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. visk a wisp; akin to Dan. visk, Sw. viska, D. wisch, OHG. wisc, G. wisch. See Wisp.]

  1. The act of whisking; a rapid, sweeping motion, as of something light; a sudden motion or quick puff.

    This first sad whisk Takes off thy dukedom; thou art but an earl.
    --J. Fletcher.

  2. A small bunch of grass, straw, twigs, hair, or the like, used for a brush; hence, a brush or small besom, as of broom corn.

  3. A small culinary instrument made of wire, or the like, for whisking or beating eggs, cream, etc.

  4. A kind of cape, forming part of a woman's dress.

    My wife in her new lace whisk.

  5. An impertinent fellow. [Prov. Eng.]

  6. A plane used by coopers for evening chines.


Whisk \Whisk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whisked; p. pr. & vb. n. Whisking.] [Cf. Dan. viske, Sw. viska, G. wischen, D. wisschen. See Whisk, n.]

  1. To sweep, brush, or agitate, with a light, rapid motion; as, to whisk dust from a table; to whisk the white of eggs into a froth.

  2. To move with a quick, sweeping motion.

    He that walks in gray, whisking his riding rod.
    --J. Fletcher.

    I beg she would not impale worms, nor whisk carp out of one element into another.


Whisk \Whisk\, v. i. To move nimbly at with velocity; to make a sudden agile movement.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "quick stroke, sweeping movement," probably from Old Norse visk "wisp of hay, something to sweep with," from Proto-Germanic *wisk- "move quickly" (cognates: Danish visk "broom," Middle Dutch wisch, Dutch wis, Old High German wisc, German wisch "wisp, brush"), from PIE root *weis- "to turn, twist" (cognates: Sanskrit veskah "noose," Czech vechet "a wisp of straw," Old English wiscian "to plait," weoxian "to clean" with a whisk or brush). Unetymological spelling with wh- is from 1570s. Meaning "implement for beating eggs, etc." first recorded 1660s.


late 15c., "move with a rapid sweeping motion" (intransitive), from a Scandinavian source (compare Danish viske "to wipe, rub, sponge," Norwegian, Swedish viska "wipe," also "wag the tail"), from the source of whisk (n.). Transitive sense is from 1510s; meaning "to brush or sweep (something) lightly over a surface" is from 1620s. Related: Whisked; whisking.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A quick, light sweeping motion. 2 A kitchen utensil, made from stiff wire loops fixed to a handle, used for whipping (or a mechanical device with the same function). 3 A bunch of twigs or hair etc, used as a brush. 4 A small handheld broom with a small (or no) handle. 5 A plane used by coopers for evening chines. 6 A kind of cape, forming part of a woman's dress. 7 (context archaic English) An impertinent fellow. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To move something with quick light sweeping motions. 2 (context transitive English) In cooking, to whip e.g. eggs or cream. 3 (context transitive English) To move something rapidly and with no warning. 4 (context intransitive English) To move lightly and nimble. Etymology 2

n. (context obsolete English) The card game whist.

  1. n. a mixer incorporating a coil of wires; used for whipping eggs or cream

  2. a small short-handled broom used to brush clothes [syn: whisk broom]

  1. v. move somewhere quickly; "The President was whisked away in his limo"

  2. move quickly and nimbly; "He whisked into the house"

  3. brush or wipe off lightly [syn: whisk off]

  4. whip with or as if with a wire whisk; "whisk the eggs" [syn: whip]

Whisk (disambiguation)

A whisk is a kitchen utensil

Whisk may also refer to:

  • Fly-whisk, used as a flyswatter or as regalia
  • Whisk broom, a kind of broom, a cleaning instrument
  • Whisk (ballroom dance), a ballroom dance step used in a waltz
Whisk (ballroom dance)

The whisk is a ballroom dance step used in the Waltz or Viennese Waltz. It is one of several ways to get into promenade position and is used to turn dancers around corners or change their direction on the dance floor. It is often performed after a complete reverse turn.


A whisk is a cooking utensil to blend ingredients smooth, or to incorporate air into a mixture, in a process known as whisking or whipping. Most whisks consist of a long, narrow handle with a series of wire loops joined at the end. The wires are usually metal, but some are plastic for use with nonstick cookware. Whisks are also made from bamboo.

Whisks are commonly used to whip egg whites into a firm foam to make meringue, or to whip cream into whipped cream.

Whisks have differently-shaped loops depending on their intended functions:

  • The most common shape is that of a wide teardrop, termed a balloon whisk. Balloon whisks are best suited to mixing in bowls, as their curved edges conform to a bowl's concave sides.
  • With longer, narrower wire loops, the French whisk has a more cylindrical profile, suiting it to deep, straight-sided pans.
  • A flat whisk, sometimes referred to as a roux whisk, has the loops arranged in a flat successive pattern. It is useful for working in shallow vessels like skillets (in which a roux is normally prepared).
  • A gravy whisk, sometimes referred to as a spiral whisk, commonly has one main loop with another wire coiled around it. The angle of the whisk head is ideal for mixing gravy, jello, batters and sauces.
  • Similarly, a twirl whisk or a coil whisk has one single wire that is spiralled into a balloon shape. Designed to remain stationary in a bowl while the user pumps the handle up and down, it circulates liquids readily throughout a bowl. It is not suitable for whisking in the traditional sense, since dragging the whisk through a liquid or batter simply stretches out the coils, but is ideal for beating eggs.
  • Ball whisks have no loops whatsoever. Instead, a group of individual wires comes out of the handle, each tipped with a metal ball. The heavy balls are capable of reaching into the corners of a straight-sided pan. Since there are no crossing wires, the ball whisk is easier to clean than traditional looped varieties. Manufacturers of ball whisks also purport that their shape allows for better aeration.
  • A cage whisk, sometimes referred to as a ball whisk, is a balloon whisk with a small spherical cage trapped inside of it, which in turn holds a metal ball.

Usage examples of "whisk".

Their number was seauen and seauen, so perfectly and sweetely counterfeited with liuelie motions, their vestures whisking vp and flying abroad, that the workman could not be accused of any imperfection, but that one had not a liuely voyce to expresse their mirth, and the other brinish teares to manifest their sorrow: the said daunce was in fashion of two Semicircles, with a seperating partition put betwixt.

Desdemona whisked into Exotica Erotica with two tall lattes that she had purchased at Emote Espresso.

Before either of them could think to demur, they were whisked off to a series of fittings with the most sought-after modiste in London, and a selection of open accounts at the finest shops on Bond Street were made available.

An official air carrier whisked Lusena, her ecstatic nieces - Moria, Emer, and Talba - and a subdued Rowan to the resort.

Connie turned over the new grey convertible to the doorman of the Bombay Royale, whisked the professor through the lobby so fast he only glimpsed the photomurals of Hindu temples, and took him to the roof in a private elevator.

The first was spotted by two young men out walking near Queensborough, Isle of Sheppey, and the police kept guard over it until a helicopter from Mansion whisked it away.

She whisked off the speckless linen cloth that covered the dishes and pattered out of the room.

They left with me the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.

Just as Sulu reached the bulkhead companel, the gymnasium doors immediately beside it whisked open.

But just as I came out of the restaurant I saw a little blue figure come whisking around up the shadowy trail from the village.

I was sure my invitation might have been misinterpreted and that you thought me a horrible rake intent on whisking you into the darkness for a wickedly passionate kiss.

He could feel her lashes whisking across his skin in rhythmic blinking.

While she spoke a servant crossed the hall and the woman, whisking Capitola around until her back was turned and her face concealed, went to speak to the newcomer.

She slid away, her old-fashioned starched apron crackling, and presently Charity did as she suggested, tapping on his door and whisking in, to pause at the sight of him sitting back in his chair with his eyes shut.

Celine, whisking through the house with the Hoover and clean linen, found herself wishing they had stayed longer.