Definition of whisk in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /wɪsk/


1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Take or move (someone or something) somewhere suddenly and quickly: he whisked her off to Paris for a few days his jacket was whisked away for dry-cleaning
More example sentences
  • The current whisks us quickly downstream, into country so empty of human artifacts that it seems as if we're the first people on earth: tundra, sky, a distant wisp of cloud.
  • After a little hide and seek with the waiting pressmen, the authorities quickly whisked him into the casualty ward no. 2 at the ground floor through gate 1.
  • But I was quickly whisked through to a private back room, where my new friend Kelly invited me to lie down and relax.
speed, hurry, rush, catapult;
sweep, hurtle, shoot
pull, snatch, pluck, tug, jerk, take;
informal whip, yank
dash, rush, tear, dart, hasten, hurry, scurry, scuttle, scamper, sprint, race, run, hare, bolt, bound, fly, gallop, career, charge, pound, shoot, hurtle, speed, streak, whizz, zoom, sweep, go like lightning, go hell for leather, go like the wind, flash, double
informal pelt, scoot, hotfoot it, leg it, belt, zip, whip, go like a bat out of hell
British informal go like the clappers, bomb, bucket
Scottish informal wheech
North American informal boogie, hightail it, barrel, get the lead out
informal, dated cut along
archaic post, hie
Image of whisk
2 [with object] Beat or stir (a substance, especially cream or eggs) with a light, rapid movement.
Example sentences
  • In another bowl whisk the cream until light peaks form.
  • For the icing, melt chocolate then stir until smooth and whisk in cream.
  • Meanwhile whisk the eggs, yolks, cheese and cream in a bowl and season with black pepper.
whip, beat, stir/mix vigorously


1A utensil for whipping eggs or cream.
Example sentences
  • It doesn't take as long a time as you'd think to whip cream with a whisk.
  • Beat egg white with a whisk or handheld mixer in a small bowl until just stiff.
  • Using a hand-held electric whisk, cream together the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy.
beater, mixer, blender, swizzle stick
2 (also fly whisk) A bunch of grass, twigs, or bristles for removing dust or flies.
Example sentences
  • Objects surround the two uniforms: a mop for the cleaner; a fly whisk, medicine containers, and a drum for the nanga.
  • The nazir gave me a giraffe-tail fly whisk when I left.
  • If you're nostalgic for gin slings, parasols and fly whisks, the White House Rose Garden was the place to be last week.
3 [in singular] A brief, rapid action or movement: a whisk round St Basil’s cathedral
More example sentences
  • You see it all in a whisk.
flick, twitch, wave, sweep, swipe


Late Middle English: of Scandinavian origin.

Words that rhyme with whisk

bisque, brisk, disc, disk, fisc, frisk, risk

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: whisk

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.