Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To move or cause to move with quick light sweeping motions.
  • intransitive verb To whip (eggs or cream).
  • intransitive verb To move lightly, nimbly, and rapidly.
  • noun A quick light sweeping motion.
  • noun A whiskbroom.
  • noun A small bunch, as of twigs or hair, attached to a handle and used in brushing.
  • noun A kitchen utensil, usually in the form of stiff, thin wire loops attached to a handle, used for whipping foodstuffs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To sweepor brush with a light, rapid motion: as, to whisk the dust from a table.
  • To agitate or mix with a light, rapid motion; beat: as, to whisk eggs.
  • To move with a quick, sweeping motion or flourish; move briskly.
  • To flourish about.
  • To carry suddenly and rapidly; whirl.
  • To move with a quick, sweeping motion; move nimbly and swiftly: as, to whisk away.
  • noun A wisp or small bunch, as of grass, hair, or straw; specifically, such a wisp used as a brush, broom, or besom, and especially in modern usage one made of the ripened panicle of broom-corn (see broom-corn and Sorghum), used for brushing the dust off clothes, etc.
  • noun An instrument used for whisking, agitating, or beating certain articles, such as cream or eggs.
  • noun A coopers' plane for leveling the chimes of casks.
  • noun A neckerchief worn by women in the seventeenth century. Also called falling-whisk, apparently in distinction from the ruff.
  • noun A brief, rapid sweeping motion as of something light; a sudden stroke, whiff, puff, or gale.
  • noun A servant.
  • noun An impertinent follow.
  • noun The game of whist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A game at cards; whist.
  • intransitive verb To move nimbly at with velocity; to make a sudden agile movement.
  • transitive verb To sweep, brush, or agitate, with a light, rapid motion
  • transitive verb To move with a quick, sweeping motion.
  • noun The act of whisking; a rapid, sweeping motion, as of something light; a sudden motion or quick puff.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A small culinary instrument made of wire, or the like, for whisking or beating eggs, cream, etc.
  • noun A kind of cape, forming part of a woman's dress.
  • noun Prov. Eng. An impertinent fellow.
  • noun A plane used by coopers for evening chines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A quick, light sweeping motion.
  • noun A kitchen utensil, made from stiff wire loops fixed to a handle, used for whipping (or a mechanical device with the same function).
  • noun A bunch of twigs or hair etc, used as a brush.
  • noun A small handheld broom with a small (or no) handle.
  • verb transitive To move something with quick light sweeping motions.
  • verb transitive In cooking, to whip e.g. eggs or cream.
  • verb transitive To move something rapidly and with no warning.
  • verb intransitive To move lightly and nimbly.

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

  • verb brush or wipe off lightly
  • noun a small short-handled broom used to brush clothes
  • verb move somewhere quickly
  • verb move quickly and nimbly
  • verb whip with or as if with a wire whisk
  • noun a mixer incorporating a coil of wires; used for whipping eggs or cream

Etymologies

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

[Middle English wisken, of Scandinavian origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Old Norse visk (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').

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  • I believe she supposed I could with a word whisk Jim away out of her very arms; it is my sober conviction she went through agonies of apprehension during my long talks with Jim; through a real and intolerable anguish that might have conceivably driven her into plotting my murder, had the fierceness of her soul been equal to the tremendous situation it had created.

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