Word Origin & History
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.
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