whisking

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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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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