whip Definition

  • 1a strip of leather or length of cord fastened to a handle, used for flogging or beating a person or for urging on an animal
  • 2a dessert consisting of cream or eggs beaten into a light froth with flavouring and sometimes fruit
  • 3a political party's official who ensures that members attend and vote as desired

Using whip: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "whip" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The jockey used the whip to urge the horse to run faster.

  • Example

    The teacher threatened to use the whip if the students didn't behave.

  • Example

    I love to make a strawberry whip for dessert.

  • Example

    The party whip ensured that all members voted in favor of the bill.

whip Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for whip

Phrases with whip

  • whip up

    to quickly make something, especially food


    I can whip up a salad in no time.

  • to bring someone or something into a better condition or state of readiness


    The coach whipped the team into shape before the big game.

  • to assert one's authority or control over others


    The new boss cracked the whip and made everyone work harder.

Origins of whip

Old English 'wippen', meaning 'beat, strike'


Summary: whip in Brief

The term 'whip' [wษชp] refers to a tool used for flogging or beating, or for urging on an animal. It also refers to a dessert made from cream or eggs. In politics, a 'whip' is an official who ensures that party members attend and vote as desired. The phrase 'whip up' means to quickly make something, while 'whip into shape' means to improve someone or something. 'Crack the whip' means to assert one's authority over others.

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