Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of rotating rapidly
    it broke off after much twisting
  2. (noun, act) a usually brief attempt
    I gave it a whirl
  3. (noun, event) confused movement
    a commotion of people fought for the exits
  4. (noun, shape) the shape of something rotating rapidly
  5. (verb, motion) revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
  6. (verb, motion) flow in a circular current, of liquids
  7. (verb, motion) fly around
    rising smoke whirled in the air
  8. (verb, motion) cause to spin
  9. (verb, motion) turn in a twisting or spinning motion

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Whirl

  1. late 13c., probably from O.N. hvirfla "to go round, spin," related to hvirfill "circle, ring, crown," and to O.E. hweorfan "to turn" (see whir). Whirlpool is attested from 1520s, but O.E. had hwyrfepol and wirfelmere; whirlwind is mid-14c., probably on model of O.N. hvirfilvindr. Whirligig is from mid-15c., of vario… more
  2. 1411, "flywheel of a spindle," from whirl (v.). The meaning "act of whirling" is recorded from c.1480; fig. sense of "confused activity" is recorded from 1552. Colloq. sense of "tentative attempt" is attested from 1884, Amer.Eng. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Whirl

warhol, warily, wearily, weary willie, whirlaway, whorl, wire wool, wrawl, wryly

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