verb \ˈswər(-ə)l\

: to move in circles or to cause (something) to move in circles

Full Definition of SWIRL

intransitive verb
a :  to move with an eddying or whirling motion <swirling water>
b :  to pass in whirling confusion
:  to have a twist or convolution
transitive verb
:  to cause to swirl <swirled her drink>
swirl·ing·ly \ˈswər-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of SWIRL

  1. The water swirled around the drain.
  2. <kept swirling her lemonade until I thought the sound of clinking ice would drive me insane>

Origin of SWIRL

Middle English
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to SWIRL



: a twisting or swirling movement, form, or object

: a state of busy movement or activity

Full Definition of SWIRL

a :  a whirling mass or motion :  eddy
b :  whirling confusion <a swirl of events>
:  a twisting shape, mark, or pattern
:  an act or instance of swirling

Examples of SWIRL

  1. A swirl of smoke rose from the chimney.
  2. He painted swirls of color on the canvas.
  3. ice cream with chocolate swirls

First Known Use of SWIRL

15th century


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