General English


  • noun a short stick with a lash attached, used to control horses


  • A slang term that describes the vertical movement of improperly secured underlayment.


  • A dessert to which whipped cream or whipped egg white is added, often containing gelatine and with a light texture


  • noun an MP who controls the attendance of other MPs of his party in the House of Commons or Lords, and who tries to makes sure that all MPs vote as their party wants
  • noun the instructions given by a whip to other MPs, telling them which business is on the agenda and underlining items where a vote may be taken


  • noun a car. An expression used on campus in the USA since around 2000. A luxury car is a ‘phat whip’.


  • verb to make food such as batter or cream stiff and creamy by adding air to it with short quick movements, using a fork, whisk, or electric beater

Origin & History of “whip”

Whip was originally a verb, meaning ‘move quickly’. It was probably borrowed from middle Low German or Middle Dutch wippen ‘vacillate, swing’, which in turn went back to the prehistoric Germanic base *wip- ‘move quickly’ (source also of English wipe). And *wip- itself was descended from Indo-European *wib-, from which English gets vibrate. Wafer, weave, web, etc come from variants of the same base. The application of whip to a ‘flexible implement for lashing’ is first recorded in the 14th century.