Definition of whisk in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Take or move (someone or something) in a particular direction suddenly and quickly.

    ‘his jacket was whisked away for dry cleaning’
    • ‘After treatment there for gunshot wounds, he was whisked by the CIA to Thailand where he was housed in a small, disused warehouse on an active airbase.’
    • ‘The impresario lists them before whisking us off to the second half of the property: a bar in the process of being built.’
    • ‘But in spite of the failing health and instructions from the doctors, some police personnel whisked him away to some unknown destination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was immediately whisked to the adjacent cardiac unit, suffering from what was described to me as ‘an angina attack’.’
    • ‘Our most unusual New Year's Eve was in those heady, pre-parenting days when my husband whisked me off to Amsterdam for what Bridget Jones would call a mini-break.’
    • ‘It really felt as if the wind could snatch you up and whisk you away, and we almost hoped it would.’
    • ‘Davellin has told the court the family was suddenly whisked to Miami and ordered not to watch Bashir's documentary when it was aired in the US.’
    • ‘No one really sees the pages because users are quickly whisked into the site with a clever JavaScript mouseoever effect.’
    • ‘We were whisked quickly through the spick and span Beijing Airport with hardly a question asked.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fortunately, I discovered that the Commonwealth team were arriving back from Melbourne, so we whisked Jack straight over to Glasgow International.’
    • ‘She was then whisked off to town centre hairdressers Robert Michael to have her hair restyled and highlighted, followed by a visit to Snaith's Market Court beauty clinic for a full facial.’
    • ‘From there, a cable car whisked us to the top of Lagazuio, which gave us spectacular views of the whole Sella Ronda region.’
    • ‘But I was quickly whisked through to a private back room, where my new friend Kelly invited me to lie down and relax.’
    • ‘Suddenly, I was whisked back to my childhood and Sesame Street.’
    • ‘I am whisked through the doors to a chaos of people and boxes and props on the other side.’
    • ‘He is quickly whisked back to his car and it speeds away to the next venue.’
    • ‘A rail link whisks you into the heart of the action in about 15 minutes.’
    • ‘I asked Mr. Tobin a question, and he replied with another question - and before I could volley back yet another query, his aides whisked him away.’
    speed, hurry, rush, catapult
    pull, snatch, pluck, tug, jerk, take
    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
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  • 2Beat or stir (a substance, especially cream or eggs) with a light, rapid movement.

    • ‘In another bowl whisk the cream until light peaks form.’
    • ‘Meanwhile whisk the eggs, yolks, cheese and cream in a bowl and season with black pepper.’
    • ‘Gradually add the milk, stirring or whisking to form a sauce.’
    • ‘Using an electric whisk, whisk the whole egg, egg yolk and sugar together until pale and thick, then incorporate the chocolate mixture.’
    • ‘Most ices and sorbets require beating or whisking regularly as they freeze, to break up the ice crystals.’
    • ‘Warm a bowl and whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract for five minutes.’
    • ‘At this stage you can whisk or stir in any chosen flavouring such as sweet chilli sauce.’
    • ‘Kevin's wife poured a little milk into the bowl and continued whisking the eggs with a fork.’
    • ‘She would then whisk eggs in a bowl, adding small amounts of oil and water.’
    • ‘Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk the egg and buttermilk in a liquid measuring cup.’
    • ‘Pour in the cream and continue to whisk until the mixture forms soft, floppy peaks that just hold their shape.’
    • ‘Repeat flour and milk step until all has been whisked together.’
    • ‘Cook the mixture over a double boiler, whisking constantly until the egg yolks thicken.’
    • ‘For the dressing, whisk the tomatoes, shallot, oil, water and vinegar together with four pinches of salt.’
    • ‘For the icing, melt chocolate then stir until smooth and whisk in cream.’
    • ‘In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together until combined.’
    • ‘Heat gently, add the mussels, whisk in the cream and heat through without boiling.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.’
    • ‘Taste for salt and pepper, whisk in the sour cream, and heat through without boiling.’
    • ‘In a bowl, whisk the lemon juice and olive oil with the mint leaves, sea salt and pepper, and drizzle over the courgettes.’
    whip, beat, mix vigorously, stir vigorously
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  • 3US Brush with a whisk broom.

    • ‘Chance sat down amid the melting piles of snow that had been whisked through the door.’
    • ‘A motorized snow broom whisks away snow following a December dusting at Grand Forks.’


  • 1A utensil for whipping eggs or cream.

    • ‘Swap the whisk for a wooden spoon as it thickens, and continue stirring occasionally for 5 to 10 min over medium heat.’
    • ‘Cool until lukewarm then beat with a whisk or electric beaters until creamy.’
    • ‘Mix thoroughly using a whisk, but gently so as not to generate too much foam.’
    • ‘Make the dressing by mixing the yoghurt, tahini paste and olive oil in a blender or with a small whisk.’
    • ‘The mango parfait is made in minutes with the labour-saving help of an electric food mixer and a hand whisk.’
    • ‘Using a whisk, mix ingredients until smooth and warm.’
    • ‘With a clean whisk, beat the egg white till it stands stiff then fold into the mascarpone.’
    • ‘It doesn't take as long a time as you'd think to whip cream with a whisk.’
    • ‘Place the egg and egg yolks with the sugar and cornflour in a heatproof bowl and beat until creamy and fluffy using an electric whisk.’
    • ‘Beat egg white with a whisk or handheld mixer in a small bowl until just stiff.’
    • ‘In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves, and salt, and mix with a whisk to evenly blend.’
    • ‘There are the usual pots and pans, whisks and spatulas as well as those gadgets such as food processors and blenders we cannot live without.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, put the yolks in a mixing bowl and, whisking vigorously (an electric whisk is best), add the 1 tbsp of reduced vinegar.’
    • ‘Gradually add the strained liquid, gently using a whisk to incorporate until smooth.’
    • ‘Using an electric whisk if you have one (if not, a hand whisk, a wooden spoon or even a fork will do) start to mix the egg into the flour.’
    • ‘Use either a hand mixer, blender or whisk to beat the hot chocolate until it's frothy.’
    • ‘Mash the ingredients with a whisk to make a creamy soup.’
    • ‘With a small whisk or fork, beat 1 egg white in a medium bowl until foamy.’
    • ‘Using a balloon whisk or small hand-held electric whisk, whisk slowly and steadily until the mixture starts to turn a pale cream colour.’
    • ‘Using a hand-held electric whisk, cream together the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy.’
    beater, mixer, blender, swizzle stick
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  • 2A bunch of grass, twigs, or bristles for removing dust or flies.

    • ‘The Kongo quickly adapted European technology that they found useful: the Kongo king substituted an exotic horse tail for the elephant tail he had used as his own personal fly whisk.’
    • ‘Objects surround the two uniforms: a mop for the cleaner; a fly whisk, medicine containers, and a drum for the nanga.’
    • ‘Seated on a figured rug, supported by a wooden armrest, he holds a fly whisk in one hand to signify his authority.’
    • ‘If you're nostalgic for gin slings, parasols and fly whisks, the White House Rose Garden was the place to be last week.’
    • ‘The nazir gave me a giraffe-tail fly whisk when I left.’
  • 3in singular A brief, rapid action or movement.

    ‘a whisk around St. Basil's cathedral’
    • ‘You see it all in a whisk.’
    flick, twitch, wave, sweep, swipe
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  • 4US

    short for whisk broom


Late Middle English: of Scandinavian origin.