- 1[transitive] whip somebody/something to hit a person or an animal hard with a whip, as a punishment or to make them go faster or work harder
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to move, or make something move, quickly and suddenly or violently in a particular direction + adv./prep. A branch whipped across the car window. Her hair whipped around her face in the wind. whip something The waves were being whipped by 50 mile an hour winds.
- 3[transitive] whip something + adv./prep. to remove or pull something quickly and suddenly She whipped the mask off her face. The man whipped out a knife.
- 4[transitive] to stir cream, etc. very quickly until it becomes stiff whip something Serve the pie with whipped cream. whip something up Whip the egg whites up into stiff peaks.
- 5[transitive] whip somebody/something (North American English, informal) to defeat somebody very easily in a game The team whipped its opponents by 35 points. They whipped Australia 18–3 in the final game. compare thrash
- 6[transitive] whip something (British English, informal) to steal something Word Origin Middle English: probably from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch wippen
BrE BrE//wɪp//; NAmE NAmE//wɪp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whip
BrE BrE//wɪp//; NAmE NAmE//wɪp//he / she / it whips
BrE BrE//wɪps//; NAmE NAmE//wɪps//past simple whipped
BrE BrE//wɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//wɪpt//past participle whipped
BrE BrE//wɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//wɪpt//-ing form whipping
BrE BrE//ˈwɪpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪpɪŋ//