Definitions for whirlʰwɜrl, wɜrl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

whirlʰwɜrl, wɜrl(v.i.)

  1. to spin or rotate rapidly.

  2. to turn about or aside quickly.

  3. to move or be carried rapidly along:

    to whirl down the freeway.

  4. to experience confusion or dizziness:

    My head is whirling.

  5. (v.t.)to cause to spin or rotate rapidly.

  6. to drive or carry in a circular or curving course.

  7. to drive or carry along rapidly.

  8. Obs. to throw or hurl.

  9. (n.)the act of whirling.

  10. a whirling movement; quick turn.

  11. a short trip, as a drive or walk:

    a whirl around the block.

  12. something that whirls; a whirling mass.

  13. a rapid round of events:

    a whirl of graduation parties.

  14. a state marked by dizziness or a dizzying succession of feelings or thoughts:

    My head is in a whirl.

  15. an attempt; trial:

    He gave the diet a whirl.

  16. Ref: whip (def. 26). 29

Origin of whirl:

1250–1300; ME < ON hvirfla to whirl, akin to OE hwyrflung turning, revolving, hwyrfel circuit; see whorl


Princeton's WordNet

  1. whirl, commotion(noun)

    confused movement

    "he was caught up in a whirl of work"; "a commotion of people fought for the exits"

  2. whirl, swirl, vortex, convolution(noun)

    the shape of something rotating rapidly

  3. crack, fling, go, pass, whirl, offer(noun)

    a usually brief attempt

    "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"

  4. spin, twirl, twist, twisting, whirl(verb)

    the act of rotating rapidly

    "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting"

  5. twirl, swirl, twiddle, whirl(verb)

    turn in a twisting or spinning motion

    "The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"

  6. whirl, birl, spin, twirl(verb)

    cause to spin

    "spin a coin"

  7. eddy, purl, whirlpool, swirl, whirl(verb)

    flow in a circular current, of liquids

  8. spin, spin around, whirl, reel, gyrate(verb)

    revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis

    "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"

  9. whirl, tumble, whirl around(verb)

    fly around

    "The clothes tumbled in the dryer"; "rising smoke whirled in the air"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. whirl(verb)ʰwɜrl, wɜrl

    to move in a circular motion

    dancers whirling around the ballroom


  1. whirl(Noun)

    An act of whirling.

    She gave the top a whirl and it spun across the floor.

  2. whirl(Noun)

    Something that whirls.

  3. whirl(Noun)

    A confused tumult.

  4. whirl(Noun)

    A rapid series of events

    My life is one social whirl.

  5. whirl(Noun)

    Dizziness or giddiness.

  6. whirl(Noun)

    A brief experiment or trial.

    OK, let's give it a whirl.

  7. whirl(Verb)

    To rotate, revolve, spin or turn rapidly.

    The dancer whirled across the stage, stopped, and whirled around to face the audience.

  8. whirl(Verb)

    To have a sensation of spinning or reeling.

    My head is whirling after all that drink.

  9. whirl(Verb)

    To make something or someone whirl.

    The dancer whirled his partner round on her toes.

  10. Origin: Old Norse: hvirfla ("to go round, spin"). Cognate to Albanian vorbull ("a whirl").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whirl(verb)

    to turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity; to make to revolve

  2. Whirl(verb)

    to remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch; to harry

  3. Whirl(verb)

    to be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to revolve or rotate with great speed; to gyrate

  4. Whirl(verb)

    to move hastily or swiftly

  5. Whirl(verb)

    a turning with rapidity or velocity; rapid rotation or circumvolution; quick gyration; rapid or confusing motion; as, the whirl of a top; the whirl of a wheel

  6. Whirl(verb)

    anything that moves with a whirling motion

  7. Whirl(verb)

    a revolving hook used in twisting, as the hooked spindle of a rope machine, to which the threads to be twisted are attached

  8. Whirl(verb)

    a whorl. See Whorl


  1. Whirl

    Whirl is the name of several fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. All are blue Autobot helicopters.

Translations for whirl

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an excited confusion

a whirl of activity; My head's in a whirl; – I can't believe it's all happening!

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