I. verb (whipped; whipping) Etymology: Middle English wippen, whippen; akin to Middle Dutch wippen to move up and down, sway, Old English wīpian to wipe Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to take, pull, snatch, jerk, or otherwise move very quickly and forcefully <
whipped out his gun — Green Peyton
2. a. (1) to strike with a slender lithe implement (as a lash or rod) especially as a punishment (2) spank b. to drive or urge on by or as if by using a whip c. to strike as a lash does <
rain whipped the pavement
3. a. to bind or wrap (as a rope or fishing rod) with cord for protection and strength b. to wind or wrap around something 4. to belabor with stinging words ; abuse 5. to seam or hem with shallow overcasting stitches 6. to overcome decisively ; defeat 7. to stir up ; incite — usually used with up <
trying to whip up a new emotion — Ellen Glasgow
8. to produce in a hurry — usually used with up <
a sketch…an artist might whip up — New York Times
9. to fish (water) with rod, line, and artificial lure 10. to beat (as eggs or cream) into a froth with a utensil (as a whisk or fork) 11. to gather together or hold together for united action in the manner of a party whip intransitive verb 1. to proceed nimbly or quickly <
whipping through the supper dishes — C. B. Davis
2. to thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash <
a flag…whipping out from its staff — H. A. Calahan
whipper noun II. noun Date: 14th century 1. an instrument consisting usually of a handle and lash forming a flexible rod that is used for whipping 2. a stroke or cut with or as if with a whip 3. a. a dessert made by whipping a portion of the ingredients <
prune whip
b. a kitchen utensil made of braided or coiled wire or perforated metal with a handle and used in whipping 4. one that handles a whip: as a. a driver of horses ; coachman b. whipper-in 1 5. a. a member of a legislative body appointed by a political party to enforce party discipline and to secure the attendance of party members at important sessions b. often capitalized a notice of forthcoming business sent weekly to each member of a political party in the British House of Commons 6. a whipping or thrashing motion 7. the quality of resembling a whip especially in being flexible 8. whip antennawhiplike adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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