noun \-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



Next Word in the Dictionary: whirly (adjective)
Previous Word in the Dictionary: whirlwig
All Words Near: whirlwind

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up whirlwind? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More