from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To strike with repeated strokes, as with a strap or rod; lash.
  • transitive v. To punish or chastise by repeated striking with a strap or rod; flog.
  • transitive v. To afflict, castigate, or reprove severely: "For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure” ( Ralph Waldo Emerson).
  • transitive v. To drive, force, or compel by flogging, lashing, or other means.
  • transitive v. To strike or affect in a manner similar to whipping or lashing: Icy winds whipped my face.
  • transitive v. To beat (cream or eggs, for example) into a froth or foam.
  • transitive v. Informal To snatch, pull, or remove in a sudden manner: He whipped off his cap.
  • transitive v. To sew with a loose overcast or overhand stitch.
  • transitive v. To wrap or bind (a rope, for example) with twine to prevent unraveling or fraying.
  • transitive v. Nautical To hoist by means of a rope passing through an overhead pulley.
  • transitive v. Informal To defeat; outdo: Our team can whip your team.
  • intransitive v. To move in a sudden, quick manner; dart.
  • intransitive v. To move in a manner similar to a whip; thrash or snap about: Branches whipped against the windows.
  • n. An instrument, either a flexible rod or a flexible thong or lash attached to a handle, used for driving animals or administering corporal punishment.
  • n. A whipping or lashing motion or stroke; a whiplash.
  • n. A blow, wound, or cut made by or as if by whipping.
  • n. Something, such as a long radio antenna on a motor vehicle, that is similar to a whip in form or flexibility.
  • n. Sports Flexibility, as in the shaft of a golf club.
  • n. Sports A whipper-in.
  • n. A member of a legislative body, such as the U.S. Congress or the British Parliament, charged by his or her party with enforcing party discipline and ensuring attendance.
  • n. A call issued to party members in a lawmaking body to ensure attendance at a particular time.
  • n. A dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream, often with fruit or fruit flavoring: prune whip.
  • n. An arm on a windmill.
  • n. Nautical A hoist consisting of a single rope passing through an overhead pulley.
  • n. A ride in an amusement park, consisting of small cars that move in a rapid, whipping motion along an oval track.
  • whip in To keep together, as members of a political party or hounds in a pack.
  • whip up To arouse; excite: whipped up the mob; whip up enthusiasm.
  • whip up Informal To prepare quickly: whip up a light lunch.
  • idiom whip into shape Informal To bring to a specified state or condition, vigorously and often forcefully.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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
  • n. A member of a political party who is in charge of enforcing the party's policies in votes.
  • n. Whipped cream.
  • n. A purchase in which one block is used to gain a 2:1 mechanical advantage.
  • n. A mode of personal motorized transportation; an automobile, all makes and models including motorcycles, excluding public transportation.
  • n. A move in which one player transfers momentum to another.
  • v. To hit with a whip.
  • v. By extension, to hit with any flexible object.
  • v. To defeat.
  • v. To mix in a rapid aerating fashion, especially food.
  • v. To urge into action.
  • v. To bind the end of a rope with twine or other small stuff to prevent its unlaying: fraying or unravelling
  • v. To throw or kick an object at a high velocity.
  • v. To fish a body of water especially by making repeated casts.
  • v. To snap back and forth like a whip.
  • v. To move very fast.
  • v. (roller derby) To transfer momentum from one skater to another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument or driving horses or other animals, or for correction, consisting usually of a lash attached to a handle, or of a handle and lash so combined as to form a flexible rod.
  • n. A coachman; a driver of a carriage.
  • n.
  • n. One of the arms or frames of a windmill, on which the sails are spread.
  • n. The length of the arm reckoned from the shaft.
  • n.
  • n. A small tackle with a single rope, used to hoist light bodies.
  • n. The long pennant. See Pennant (a)
  • n. A huntsman who whips in the hounds; whipper-in.
  • n.
  • n. A person (as a member of Parliament) appointed to enforce party discipline, and secure the attendance of the members of a Parliament party at any important session, especially when their votes are needed.
  • n. A call made upon members of a Parliament party to be in their places at a given time, as when a vote is to be taken.
  • n. A whipping motion; a thrashing about; ; also, the quality of being whiplike or flexible; flexibility; suppleness, as of the shaft of a golf club.
  • n. Any of various pieces that operate with a quick vibratory motion, as a spring in certain electrical devices for making a circuit, or a rocking certain piano actions.
  • intransitive v. To move nimbly; to start or turn suddenly and do something; to whisk.
  • transitive v. To strike with a lash, a cord, a rod, or anything slender and lithe; to lash; to beat.
  • transitive v. To drive with lashes or strokes of a whip; to cause to rotate by lashing with a cord.
  • transitive v. To punish with a whip, scourge, or rod; to flog; to beat.
  • transitive v. To apply that which hurts keenly to; to lash, as with sarcasm, abuse, or the like; to apply cutting language to.
  • transitive v. To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking.
  • transitive v. To beat (eggs, cream, or the like) into a froth, as with a whisk, fork, or the like.
  • transitive v. To conquer; to defeat, as in a contest or game; to beat; to surpass.
  • transitive v. To overlay (a cord, rope, or the like) with other cords going round and round it; to overcast, as the edge of a seam; to wrap; -- often with about, around, or over.
  • transitive v. To sew lightly; specifically, to form (a fabric) into gathers by loosely overcasting the rolled edge and drawing up the thread.
  • transitive v. To take or move by a sudden motion; to jerk; to snatch; -- with into, out, up, off, and the like.
  • transitive v.
  • transitive v. To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.
  • transitive v. To secure the end of (a rope, or the like) from untwisting by overcasting it with small stuff.
  • transitive v. To fish (a body of water) with a rod and artificial fly, the motion being that employed in using a whip.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move suddenly and nimbly; start (in, out, away, etc.) with sudden quickness: as, to whip round the corner and disappear.
  • In angling, to cast the line or the fly by means of the rod with a motion like that of using a whip; make a cast.
  • To move, throw, put, pull, carry, or the like, with a sudden, quick motion; snatch: usually followed by some preposition or adverb, as away, from, in, into, off, on, out, up, etc.: as, to whip out a sword or a revolver.
  • To overlay, as a cord, rope, etc., with a cord, twine, or thread going round and round it; inwrap; seize; serve with twine, thread, or the like wound closely and tightly round and round: generally with about, around, over, etc.
  • To lay regularly on; serve in regular circles round and round.
  • To sew with an over and over stitch, as two pieces of cloth whose edges are laid or stitched together; overcast: as, to whip a seam.
  • To gather by a kind of combination running and overhand stitch: as, to whip a ruffle.
  • Nautical, to hoist or purchase by means of a rope passed through a single pulley.
  • To strike with a whip or lash, or with anything tough and flexible; lash; use a whip upon: as, to whip a horse.
  • To punish with a whip, scourge, birch, or the like; flog: as, to whip a vagrant; to whip a perverse boy.
  • To outdo; overcome; beat: as, to whip creation.
  • To drive with lashes.
  • To lash, in a figurative sense; treat with cutting severity, as with sarcasm or abuse.
  • To cause to spin or rotate by lashing with a whip or scourge-stick: said of a top.
  • To thrash; beat out, as grain by striking: as, to whip wheat.
  • To beat into a froth, as eggs, cream, etc., with a whisk, fork, spoon, or other implement.
  • To fish upon with a fly or other bait; draw a fly or other bait along the surface of: as, to whip a stream.
  • To bring or keep together as a party whip does: as, to whip a party into line. See whip, n., 3 .
  • To go from house to house to work, as a tailor or other workman. Compare whip-cat.
  • To get tipsy.
  • With a sudden change; at once; quick.
  • n. See the extract.
  • n. In pianoforte-making, the crosspiece at the top of an action-extension which bears and operates both the hammer-and the damper-action. Also called jack-whip. See the cut under pianoforte.
  • n. A light line used in marine life-saving apparatus, run as an endless circuit from the shore around a sheave on the vessel and back to the shore. The breeches-buoy is operated by such a whip.
  • n. One who operates a whip-hoisting or whip-conveying line.
  • n. An instrument for flagellation, whether in driving animals or in punishing human beings; a scourge.
  • n. One who handles a whip, as in driving a coach or carriage; a driver: as, an expert whip.
  • n. A whipper-in.
  • n. In English parliamentary usage, a member who performs certain non-official but important duties in looking after the interests of his party, especially the securing of the attendance of as many members as possible at important divisions: as, the Liberal whip; the Conservative whip. See the quotation.
  • n. A call made upon the members of a party to be in their places at a certain time: as, both parties have issued a rigorous whip in. view of the expected division.
  • n. A contrivance for hoisting, consisting of a rope and pulley and usually a snatch-block, and worked by one or more horses which in hoisting walk a way from thething hoisted. In mining usually called whip-and-derry. See cut under cable-laid.
  • n. One of the radii or arms of a windmill, to which the sails are attached; also, the length of the arm reckoned from the shaft.
  • n. In angling, the leader of an angler's cast with its flies attached.
  • n. A vibrating spring used as an electric cir cuitcloser for testing capacity.
  • n. A slender rod or flexible pole used instead of stakes to mark the bounds of oyster-beds.
  • n. The common black swift, Cypselus apus.
  • n. A preparation of cream, eggs, etc., beaten to a froth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream and usually flavored with fruit
  • v. strike as if by whipping
  • v. beat severely with a whip or rod
  • n. an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping
  • v. subject to harsh criticism
  • v. whip with or as if with a wire whisk
  • n. (golf) the flexibility of the shaft of a golf club
  • v. defeat thoroughly
  • n. a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline
  • n. a quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object
  • v. thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash


Middle English wippen, whippen; see weip- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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")). (Wiktionary)


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