whisk

[hwisk, wisk]
verb (used with object)
1.
to move with a rapid, sweeping stroke: She whisked everything off the table with her arm.
2.
to sweep (dust, crumbs, etc., or a surface) with a whisk broom, brush, or the like.
3.
to draw, snatch, carry, etc., lightly and rapidly: He whisked the money into his pocket.
4.
to whip (eggs, cream, etc.) to a froth with a whisk or beating instrument.
verb (used without object)
5.
to sweep, pass, or go lightly and rapidly.
noun
6.
an act of whisking.
7.
a rapid, sweeping stroke; light, rapid movement.
9.
a small bunch of grass, straw, hair, or the like, especially for use in brushing.
10.
an implement, usually a bunch of wire loops held together in a handle, for beating or whipping eggs, cream, etc.

Origin:
1325–75; (noun) Middle English (Scots) wysk rapid sweeping movement; (v.) earlier Scots wisk, quhisk < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse, Norwegian visk wisp, Swedish viska besom, wisp, to whisk (off), Danish viske to wipe (compare Old High German wisken to wipe, wisc wisp of hay); for development of wh cf. whip

unwhisked, adjective
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whisk (wɪsk)
 
vb
1.  (tr; often foll by away or off) to brush, sweep, or wipe off lightly
2.  (tr) to move, carry, etc, with a light or rapid sweeping motion: the taxi whisked us to the airport
3.  (intr) to move, go, etc, quickly and nimbly: to whisk downstairs for a drink
4.  (tr) to whip (eggs, cream, etc) to a froth
 
n
5.  the act of whisking
6.  a light rapid sweeping movement or stroke
7.  a utensil, often incorporating a coil of wires, for whipping eggs, etc
8.  a small brush or broom
9.  a small bunch or bundle, as of grass, straw, etc
 
[C14: from Old Norse visk wisp; related to Middle Dutch wisch, Old High German wisc]

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Word Origin & History

whisk
late 14c., "quick stroke, sweeping movement," probably from O.N. visk "wisp," from P.Gmc. *wisk- "move quickly" (cf. M.Du. wisch, Du. wis, O.H.G. wisc, Ger. wisch "wisp, brush"), from PIE base *weis- "to turn, twist" (cf. Skt. veskah "noose," Czech vechet "a wisp of straw"). Meaning "implement for beating
eggs, etc." first recorded 1570s.

whisk
c.1480, from a Scand. source (cf. Dan. viske, Norw., Swed. viska) related to O.E. wiscian "to plait," weoxian "to clean" (with a whisk or brush), granwisc "awn" (see whisk (n.)).
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Example sentences
Quickly add some grits to the egg and cream, beating well with a wire whisk so that the egg doesn't curdle.
In another bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the buttermilk and whisk together.
The birch whisk seemed to do nothing except get leaves stuck to my back.
The curtain is actually made of a lightweight fabric that enables the stage
  director to whisk the whole thing aside in a flash.
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