Whisk (?), n. [See Whist, n.]

A game at cards; whist.

[Obs.]

Taylor (1630).

 

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Whisk, n. [Probably for wisk, and of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. visk a wisp; akin to Dan. visk, Sw. viska, D. wisch, OHG. wisc, G. wisch. See Wisp.]

1.

The act of whisking; a rapid, sweeping motion, as of something light; a sudden motion or quick puff.

This first sad whisk Takes off thy dukedom; thou art but an earl. J. Fletcher.

2.

A small bunch of grass, straw, twigs, hair, or the like, used for a brush; hence, a brush or small besom, as of broom corn.

3.

A small culinary instrument made of wire, or the like, for whisking or beating eggs, cream, etc.

Boyle.

4.

A kind of cape, forming part of a woman's dress.

My wife in her new lace whisk. Pepys.

5.

An impertinent fellow.

[Prov. Eng.]

Halliwell.

6.

A plane used by coopers for evening chines.

 

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Whisk, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whisked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Whisking.] [Cf. Dan. viske, Sw. viska, G. wischen, D. wisschen. See Whisk, n.]

1.

To sweep, brush, or agitate, with a light, rapid motion; as, to whisk dust from a table; to whisk the white of eggs into a froth.

2.

To move with a quick, sweeping motion.

He that walks in gray, whisking his riding rod. J. Fletcher.

I beg she would not impale worms, nor whisk carp out of one element into another. Walpole.

 

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Whisk, v. i.

To move nimbly at with velocity; to make a sudden agile movement.

 

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