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whisk

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EnglishEdit

Kitchen whisks (sense 2)

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Middle English, from Old Norse visk[1] [2] (compare Danish visk), from Proto-Germanic *wisk- 'move quickly' (compare Old English wiscian 'to plait', granwisc 'awn', Dutch wis 'wisp', German Wisch), from Proto-Indo-European *u̯eis (compare Latin virga 'rod, switch', viscus 'entrails', Lithuanian vizgéti 'to tremble', Czech vechet 'wisp of straw', Sanskrit veşka 'noose').

NounEdit

whisk (plural whisks)

  1. A quick, light sweeping motion.
    With a quick whisk, she swept the cat from the pantry with her broom.
  2. A kitchen utensil, made from stiff wire loops fixed to a handle, used for whipping (or a mechanical device with the same function).
    He used a whisk to whip up a light and airy souffle.
  3. A bunch of twigs or hair etc, used as a brush.
    Peter dipped the whisk in lather and applied it to his face, so he could start shaving.
  4. A small handheld broom with a small (or no) handle.
    I used a whisk to sweep the counter, then a push-broom for the floor.
  5. A plane used by coopers for evening chines.
  6. A kind of cape, forming part of a woman's dress.
    • Samuel Pepys
      My wife in her new lace whisk.
  7. (archaic) An impertinent fellow.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
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VerbEdit

whisk (third-person singular simple present whisks, present participle whisking, simple past and past participle whisked)

  1. (transitive) To move something with quick light sweeping motions.
    • J. Fletcher
      He that walks in gray, whisking his riding rod.
    Vernon whisked the sawdust from his workbench.
  2. (transitive) In cooking, to whip e.g. eggs or cream.
    The chef prepared to whisk the egg whites for the angel's food cake.
  3. (transitive) To move something rapidly and with no warning.
    • Walpole
      I beg she would not impale worms, nor whisk carp out of one element into another.
    The governess whisked the children from the room before they could see their presents.
  4. (intransitive) To move lightly and nimbly.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, The Celebrity:
      The stories did not seem to me to touch life. […] They left me with 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.
    The children whisked down the road to the fair, laughing and chattering as they went.
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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ According to ODS eng. (vist laant fra nord.) whisk, the English (certainly borrowed from Old Norse) whisk
  2. ^ Etymology in Webster's Unabridged Dictionary

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

whisk (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The card game whist.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Taylor (1630) to this entry?)