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Whisk \Whisk\, n. [See Whist, n.] A game at cards; whist. [Obs.] --Taylor (1630). [1913 Webster]
Whisk \Whisk\, n. [Probably for wisk, and of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. visk a wisp; akin to Dan. visk, Sw. viska, D. wisch, OHG. wisc, G. wisch. See Wisp.] [1913 Webster]
The act of whisking; a rapid, sweeping motion, as of something light; a sudden motion or quick puff. [1913 Webster] This first sad whisk Takes off thy dukedom; thou art but an earl. --J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster]
A small culinary instrument made of wire, or the like, for whisking or beating eggs, cream, etc. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]
A kind of cape, forming part of a woman's dress. [1913 Webster] My wife in her new lace whisk. --Pepys. [1913 Webster]
An impertinent fellow. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]
A plane used by coopers for evening chines. [1913 Webster]
Whisk \Whisk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whisked; p. pr. & vb. n. Whisking.] [Cf. Dan. viske, Sw. viska, G. wischen, D. wisschen. See Whisk, n.] [1913 Webster]
To sweep, brush, or agitate, with a light, rapid motion; as, to whisk dust from a table; to whisk the white of eggs into a froth. [1913 Webster]
To move with a quick, sweeping motion. [1913 Webster] He that walks in gray, whisking his riding rod. --J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster] I beg she would not impale worms, nor whisk carp out of one element into another. --Walpole. [1913 Webster]
Whisk \Whisk\, v. i. To move nimbly at with velocity; to make a sudden agile movement. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 a mixer incorporating a coil of wires; used for whipping eggs or cream
2 a small short-handled broom used to brush clothes [syn: whisk broom]


1 move somewhere quickly; "The President was whisked away in his limo"
2 move quickly and nimbly; "He whisked into the house"
3 brush or wipe off lightly [syn: whisk off]
4 whip with or as if with a wire whisk; "whisk the eggs" [syn: whip]

Moby Thesaurus

aerate, agitate, agitator, ball the jack, barrel, beak, bear, beat, beat up, beater, boom, bowl along, breeze, breeze along, broom, brush, brush off, bullet, bunt, carry, chuck, churn, churn up, clip, conduct, convey, convulse, cream, cut along, dab, disarrange, discompose, disquiet, disturb, eggbeater, excite, ferment, fillip, fleet, flick, flip, flirt, flit, flurry, fly, fly low, foam, foot, freight, fret, froth, go fast, graze, highball, jiggler, lather, lift, lug, make knots, manhandle, mantle, nip, outstrip the wind, pack, paddle, pat, peck, perturb, perturbate, pick, pour it on, rap, rile, rip, ripple, roil, roughen, ruffle, rumple, scorch, scum, shake, shake up, shaker, sizzle, skim, snap, speed, spume, stir, stir up, storm along, sud, suds, sweep, sweep out, sweep up, swirl, take, tap, tear, tear along, thunder along, tickle, tip, tote, touch, transport, trouble, upset, vacuum, vacuum-clean, vibrator, waft, whip, whip up, whish, whiz, wing, work up, zing, zip, zoom



Middle English wisken



  1. A quick, light sweeping motion.
    With a quick whisk, she swept the cat from the pantry with her broom.
  2. A kitchen utensil, made from stiff wire loops fixed to a handle, used for whipping (or a mechanical device with the same function).
    He used a whisk to whip up a light and airy souffle.
  3. A bunch of twigs or hair etc, used as a brush.
    Peter dipped the whisk in lather and applied it to his face, so he could start shaving.
  4. A small handheld broom with a small (or no) handle.
    '' I used a whisk to sweep the counter, then a push-broom for the floor.


A quick, light sweeping motion
kitchen utensil
A bunch of twigs or hair etc, used as a brush
A small handheld broom with a small (or no) handle


  1. To move something with quick light sweeping motions.
    Vernon whisked the sawdust from his workbench.
  2. In cooking, to whip e.g. eggs or cream.
    The chef prepared to whisk the egg whites for the angel's food cake.
  3. To move something rapidly and with no warning.
    The governess whisked the children from the room before they could see their presents.
  4. To move lightly and nimbly.
    The children whisked down the road to the fair, laughing and chattering as they went.


to move something with quick light sweeping motions
in cooking, to whip e.g. eggs or cream
to move something rapidly and with no warning
to move lightly and nimbly
A whisk (known as Egg Beaters in the US) is a cooking utensil used in food preparation to blend ingredients smooth, or to incorporate air into a mixture, in a process known as whisking or whipping. Most whisks consist of a long, narrow handle with a series of wire loops joined at the end. The wires are usually metal, but some are plastic for use with nonstick cookware. Whisks are also made from bamboo.
Whisks (Egg beaters) are commonly used to whip egg whites into a firm foam to make meringue, or to whip cream into whipped cream.
A makeshift whisk may be constructed by taking two forks and placing them together so the tines interlock and make a cage. This is far more effective than a single fork at incorporating air into a mixture.
Whisks have differently-shaped loops depending on their intended functions:
  • The most common shape is that of a wide teardrop, termed a balloon whisk. Balloon whisks are best suited to mixing in bowls, as their curved edges conform to a bowl's concave sides.
  • With longer, narrower wire loops, the French whisk has a more cylindrical profile, suiting it to deep, straight-sided pans.
  • A flat whisk, sometimes referred to as a Roux whisk, has the loops arranged in a flat successive pattern. It is useful for working in shallow vessels like skillets (in which a roux is normally prepared).
  • A gravy whisk commonly has one main loop with another wire coiled around it.
  • Similarly, a twirl whisk has one single wire that is spiralled into a balloon shape.
  • Ball whisks have no loops whatsoever. Instead, a group of individual wires comes out of the handle, each tipped with a metal ball. The heavy balls are capable of reaching into the corners of a straight-sided pan. Since there are no crossing wires, the ball whisk is easier to clean than traditional looped varieties. Manufacturers of ball whisks also purport that their shape allows for better aeration.
Additionally, a mechanical device known as a rotary whisk consists of 2 sets of beaters that are joined together with a hand-operated crank and handle.
Although the modern whisk may have only appeared at the end of the 19th century, evidence of whisk-like tools exist even further back in history. A bundle of twigs fastened together make an effective whisk; often the wood used would lend a certain fragrance to the dish. An 18th century Shaker recipe calls to “Cut a handful of peach twigs which are filled with sap at this season of the year. Clip the ends and bruise them and beat the cake batter with them. This will impart a delicate peach flavor to the cake.”
whisk in Bavarian: Schnäbäsn
whisk in Danish: Piskeris
whisk in German: Schneebesen
whisk in Spanish: Batidor
whisk in Esperanto: Ŝaŭmigilo
whisk in French: Fouet (cuisine)
whisk in Luxembourgish: Schnéibiesem
whisk in Dutch: Garde (keukengerei)
whisk in Japanese: 泡立て器
whisk in Portuguese: Batedor de claras
whisk in Finnish: Vispilä
whisk in Swedish: Visp
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