From Middle English whippen, wippen (“to flap violently”), from Middle Dutch wippen (“to swing, leap, dance, oscillate”) and Middle Low German wippen (“to move quickly”), from Proto-Germanic *wipjaną (“to move back and forth”). Some similarity to Sanskrit root वेप् (vep, “shake, flourish”), Latin vibrō (“I shake”). (See Swedish vippa and Danish vippe (“to shake”)).
whip (plural whips)
- A lash; a pliant, flexible instrument, such as a rod (commonly of cane or rattan) or a plaited or braided rope or thong (commonly of leather) used to create a sharp "crack" sound for directing or herding animals.
- The same instrument used to strike a person or animal for corporal punishment or torture.
- A blow administered with a whip.
- (hunting) A whipper-in.
- (politics) A member of a political party who is in charge of enforcing the party's policies in votes.
- (UK politics, with definite article) A document distributed weekly to MPs by party whips informing them of upcoming votes in parliament.
- Whipped cream.
- (nautical) A purchase in which one block is used to gain a 2:1 mechanical advantage.
- (African American Vernacular) A mode of personal motorized transportation; an automobile, all makes and models including motorcycles, excluding public transportation.
- (roller derby) A move in which one player transfers momentum to another.
- A whipping motion; a thrashing about.
- The quality of being whiplike or flexible; suppleness, as of the shaft of a golf club.
- Any of various pieces that operate with a quick vibratory motion
- A spring in certain electrical devices for making a circuit
- (music) A wippen, a rocking component in certain piano actions.
- (historical) A coach driver; a coachman.
whip (third-person singular simple present whips, present participle whipping, simple past and past participle whipped)
- (transitive) To hit with a whip.
- (transitive, by extension) To hit with any flexible object.
- (transitive, slang) To defeat, as in a contest or game.
- (transitive) To mix in a rapid aerating fashion, especially food.
- (transitive) To urge into action or obedience.
- (transitive, politics) To enforce a member voting in accordance with party policy.
- (transitive, nautical) To bind the end of a rope with twine or other small stuff to prevent its unlaying: fraying or unravelling.
- (transitive, nautical) To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.
- To sew lightly; specifically, to form (a fabric) into gathers by loosely overcasting the rolled edge and drawing up the thread.
- (transitive) To throw or kick an object at a high velocity.
- (transitive, intransitive) To fish a body of water especially by making repeated casts.
- (intransitive) To snap back and forth like a whip.
- (intransitive) To move very fast.
- (transitive) To move (something) very fast; often with up, out, etc.
- (transitive, roller derby) To transfer momentum from one skater to another.
- (figuratively) To lash with sarcasm, abuse, etc.
- To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking.