Middle English, from Old Norse visk  (compare Danish visk), from Proto-Germanic *wisk- 'move quickly' (compare Old English wiscian 'to plait', granwisc 'awn', Dutch wis 'wisp', German Wisch), from Proto-Indo-European *u̯eis (compare Latin virga 'rod, switch', viscus 'entrails', Lithuanian vizgéti 'to tremble', Czech vechet 'wisp of straw', Sanskrit veşka 'noose').
- Rhymes: -ɪsk
whisk (plural whisks)
- A quick, light sweeping motion.
- With a quick whisk, she swept the cat from the pantry with her broom.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- (transitive) To move something with quick light sweeping motions.
- Vernon whisked the sawdust from his workbench.
- (transitive) In cooking, to whip e.g. eggs or cream.
- The chef prepared to whisk the egg whites for the angel's food cake.
- (transitive) To move something rapidly and with no warning.
- The governess whisked the children from the room before they could see their presents.
- (intransitive) To move lightly and nimbly.
- The children whisked down the road to the fair, laughing and chattering as they went.