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ed·​dy ˈe-dē How to pronounce eddy (audio)
plural eddies
: a current of water or air running contrary to the main current
especially : a circular current : whirlpool
: something moving similarly
: a contrary or circular current (as of thought or policy)


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eddied; eddying

transitive verb

: to cause to move in an eddy

intransitive verb

: to move in an eddy or in the manner of an eddy

Examples of eddy in a Sentence

Noun The boat was caught in a powerful eddy. Verb The wind gusted and eddied around us. The waves swirled and eddied against the pier.
Recent Examples on the Web
Another danger — a powerful eddy at the ship’s stern — is largely hidden. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News, 7 July 2024 And the Saharan Dust sweeping across the Atlantic, which normally sneaks hot, dry air into storms and slows them down, had formed a little eddy around the spot where Beryl formed, giving it a hot, moist home to grow with few interruptions. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 3 July 2024
The crowd eddied, some with batons dancing concentrically around the wheel of fire, others collecting around two young men in white. Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 Soccer has a habit of undervaluing these sorts of cultural shifts, and as a result misunderstanding the currents that eddy and swirl around it, invisibly and inexorably shaping its reality. Rory Smith, New York Times, 23 June 2023 See all Example Sentences for eddy 

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Word History



Middle English (Scots) ydy, probably from Old Norse itha

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1810, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of eddy was in the 15th century


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Cite this Entry

“Eddy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eddy. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ed·​dy ˈed-ē How to pronounce eddy (audio)
plural eddies
: a current of air or water running against the main current or in a circle


2 of 2 verb
eddied; eddying
: to move in an eddy or in a way that forms an eddy

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Ed·​dy ˈe-dē How to pronounce Eddy (audio)
Mary (Morse) 1821–1910 née Baker American founder of the Christian Science Church
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