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See also: WHIP



From Middle English hwippen or whippen. Middle High German wipfen, wepfen and Middle Dutch wippen (to move quickly), possibly all from a Proto-Germanic *wip. Some similarity to Sanskrit root वेप् (vep), Latin vibrō (I shake). (See Swedish vippa and Danish vippe (to shake)).



whip (plural whips)

  1. A lash; a pliant, flexible instrument, such as a rod (commonly of cane or rattan) or a plaited or braided rope or thong (commonly of leather) used to create a sharp "crack" sound for directing or herding animals
    1. Same instrument used to strike a person or animal for corporal punishment or torture.
  2. (hunting) A whipper-in.
    • 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Penguin 2013, p. 27:
      From the far side of the wood came the long shrill screech […] which signifies that one of the whips has viewed the fox quitting the covert.
  3. (politics) A member of a political party who is in charge of enforcing the party's policies in votes.
  4. Whipped cream.
  5. (nautical) A purchase in which one block is used to gain a 2:1 mechanical advantage.
  6. (African American Vernacular) A mode of personal motorized transportation; an automobile, all makes and models including motorcycles, excluding public transportation.
  7. (roller derby) A move in which one player transfers momentum to another.


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whip (third-person singular simple present whips, present participle whipping, simple past and past participle whipped)

  1. (transitive) To hit with a whip.
    The rider whipped the horse.
  2. (transitive) By extension, to hit with any flexible object.
    I whipped her with a newspaper.
  3. (transitive, slang) To defeat, as in a contest or game.
    • 2008, Edward Keating, The Joy of Ex: A Novel
      She whips me in the first game of pool, I do not even get a shot. Eight-balled from the break.
  4. (transitive) To mix in a rapid aerating fashion, especially food.
    to whip eggs or cream
  5. (transitive) To urge into action.
    He whipped the department into shape.
  6. (transitive, nautical) To bind the end of a rope with twine or other small stuff to prevent its unlaying: fraying or unravelling.
    • Moxon
      Its string is firmly whipped about with small gut.
  7. (transitive, nautical) To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.
  8. To sew lightly; specifically, to form (a fabric) into gathers by loosely overcasting the rolled edge and drawing up the thread.
    to whip a ruffle
    • John Gay
      In half-whipped muslin needles useless lie.
  9. (transitive) To throw or kick an object at a high velocity.
    • He whipped the ball at me.
    • 2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, BBC:
      Composed play then saw Sam Ricketts nutmeg Ashley Cole before Taylor whipped a fine curling effort over Petr Cech's bar.
  10. (transitive) To fish a body of water especially by making repeated casts.
    • Emerson
      whipping their rough surface for a trout
  11. (intransitive) To snap back and forth like a whip.
    • The pennants whipped in the wind.
  12. (intransitive) To move very fast.
    • The wind whipped through the valley.
    • L'Estrange
      Two friends, travelling, met a bear upon the way; the one whips up a tree, and the other throws himself flat upon the ground.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
      He looked up when I came in, gave a kind of cry, and whipped upstairs into the cabinet. It was but for one minute that I saw him, but the hair stood upon my head like quills.
  13. (transitive) To move (something) very fast; often with up, out, etc.
    • L'Estrange
      She, in a hurry, whips up her darling under her arm.
    • Walpole
      He whips out his pocketbook every moment, and writes descriptions of everything he sees.
  14. (transitive, roller derby) To transfer momentum from one skater to another.
  15. (figuratively) To lash with sarcasm, abuse, etc.
    • Shakespeare
      They would whip me with their fine wits.
  16. To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking.
    to whip wheat


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  • Samuel Johnson, John Walker, Robert S. Jameson: 1828. A dictionary of the English language 2nd edition. Publisher: William Pickering, 1828. 831 pages. Page 818. Google Public Domain Books : [[1]]