Definition of whisk in English:



  • 1with 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fortunately, I discovered that the Commonwealth team were arriving back from Melbourne, so we whisked Jack straight over to Glasgow International.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From there, a cable car whisked us to the top of Lagazuio, which gave us spectacular views of the whole Sella Ronda region.’
    • ‘The impresario lists them before whisking us off to the second half of the property: a bar in the process of being built.’
    • ‘Suddenly, I was whisked back to my childhood and Sesame Street.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No one really sees the pages because users are quickly whisked into the site with a clever JavaScript mouseoever effect.’
    • ‘He was immediately whisked to the adjacent cardiac unit, suffering from what was described to me as ‘an angina attack’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It really felt as if the wind could snatch you up and whisk you away, and we almost hoped it would.’
    • ‘But in spite of the failing health and instructions from the doctors, some police personnel whisked him away to some unknown destination.’
    • ‘But I was quickly whisked through to a private back room, where my new friend Kelly invited me to lie down and relax.’
    • ‘He is quickly whisked back to his car and it speeds away to the next venue.’
    • ‘I am whisked through the doors to a chaos of people and boxes and props on the other side.’
    • ‘A rail link whisks you into the heart of the action in about 15 minutes.’
    • ‘We were whisked quickly through the spick and span Beijing Airport with hardly a question asked.’
    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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  • 2with object Beat or stir (a substance, especially cream or eggs) with a light, rapid movement.

    • ‘For the icing, melt chocolate then stir until smooth and whisk in cream.’
    • ‘Repeat flour and milk step until all has been whisked together.’
    • ‘In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together until combined.’
    • ‘Kevin's wife poured a little milk into the bowl and continued whisking the eggs with a fork.’
    • ‘In another bowl whisk the cream until light peaks form.’
    • ‘Using an electric whisk, whisk the whole egg, egg yolk and sugar together until pale and thick, then incorporate the chocolate mixture.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.’
    • ‘Gradually add the milk, stirring or whisking to form a sauce.’
    • ‘Heat gently, add the mussels, whisk in the cream and heat through without boiling.’
    • ‘Cook the mixture over a double boiler, whisking constantly until the egg yolks thicken.’
    • ‘Taste for salt and pepper, whisk in the sour cream, and heat through without boiling.’
    • ‘Pour in the cream and continue to whisk until the mixture forms soft, floppy peaks that just hold their shape.’
    • ‘Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk the egg and buttermilk in a liquid measuring cup.’
    • ‘Warm a bowl and whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract for five minutes.’
    • ‘Most ices and sorbets require beating or whisking regularly as they freeze, to break up the ice crystals.’
    • ‘She would then whisk eggs in a bowl, adding small amounts of oil and water.’
    • ‘For the dressing, whisk the tomatoes, shallot, oil, water and vinegar together with four pinches of salt.’
    • ‘In a bowl, whisk the lemon juice and olive oil with the mint leaves, sea salt and pepper, and drizzle over the courgettes.’
    • ‘Meanwhile whisk the eggs, yolks, cheese and cream in a bowl and season with black pepper.’
    • ‘At this stage you can whisk or stir in any chosen flavouring such as sweet chilli sauce.’
    whip, beat, mix vigorously, stir vigorously
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  • 1A utensil for whipping eggs or cream.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Use either a hand mixer, blender or whisk to beat the hot chocolate until it's frothy.’
    • ‘In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves, and salt, and mix with a whisk to evenly blend.’
    • ‘Gradually add the strained liquid, gently using a whisk to incorporate until smooth.’
    • ‘Using a hand-held electric whisk, cream together the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy.’
    • ‘Mix thoroughly using a whisk, but gently so as not to generate too much foam.’
    • ‘Swap the whisk for a wooden spoon as it thickens, and continue stirring occasionally for 5 to 10 min over medium heat.’
    • ‘With a small whisk or fork, beat 1 egg white in a medium bowl until foamy.’
    • ‘Beat egg white with a whisk or handheld mixer in a small bowl until just stiff.’
    • ‘Using a whisk, mix ingredients until smooth and warm.’
    • ‘Using a balloon whisk or small hand-held electric whisk, whisk slowly and steadily until the mixture starts to turn a pale cream colour.’
    • ‘Cool until lukewarm then beat with a whisk or electric beaters until creamy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It doesn't take as long a time as you'd think to whip cream with a whisk.’
    • ‘With a clean whisk, beat the egg white till it stands stiff then fold into the mascarpone.’
    • ‘Make the dressing by mixing the yoghurt, tahini paste and olive oil in a blender or with a small whisk.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, put the yolks in a mixing bowl and, whisking vigorously (an electric whisk is best), add the 1 tbsp of reduced vinegar.’
    • ‘The mango parfait is made in minutes with the labour-saving help of an electric food mixer and a hand whisk.’
    • ‘Mash the ingredients with a whisk to make a creamy soup.’
    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.’
    • ‘Seated on a figured rug, supported by a wooden armrest, he holds a fly whisk in one hand to signify his authority.’
    • ‘Objects surround the two uniforms: a mop for the cleaner; a fly whisk, medicine containers, and a drum for the nanga.’
    • ‘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 round St Basil's cathedral’
    • ‘You see it all in a whisk.’
    flick, twitch, wave, sweep, swipe
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Late Middle English: of Scandinavian origin.