noun whirl·wind \-ˌwind\

: a very strong wind that moves in a spinning or swirling motion and that can damage buildings, trees, etc.

: something that involves many quickly changing events, feelings, etc.

Full Definition of WHIRLWIND

:  a small rotating windstorm of limited extent
a :  a confused rush :  whirl <a whirlwind of meetings>
b :  a violent or destructive force or agency

Examples of WHIRLWIND

  1. My life has been a whirlwind lately.
  2. He attended a whirlwind of meetings.

First Known Use of WHIRLWIND

14th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr



: happening or done very quickly

Full Definition of WHIRLWIND

:  resembling a whirlwind especially in speed or force <a whirlwind campaign> <a whirlwind romance>

Examples of WHIRLWIND

  1. The band went on a whirlwind concert tour.
  2. They were married after a whirlwind romance.
  3. We continued on at a whirlwind pace.

First Known Use of WHIRLWIND

WHIRLWIND Defined for Kids


noun whirl·wind \ˈhwərl-ˌwind, ˈwərl-\

Definition of WHIRLWIND for Kids

:  a small windstorm of rapidly rotating air


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