swirlier; swirliest
Scotland : knotted, twisted
: that swirls : swirling
the swirly water of the rapids

Examples of swirly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Make sure the kale plays well with the other veggies and tastes good when raw by selecting curly kale with frilly, tender leaves resembling a swirly skirt, not a stiff scratchy tutu. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 28 Apr. 2023 Ethan shows up on horseback, a dazzling sight wrapped in scarves and goggles designed to shield him from the swirly, sandy wind. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 5 July 2023 Gosling, meanwhile, looked every bit a cool, modern-day Ken in a breezy beige cardigan with a swirly, orangey pattern, layered over a classic white tee. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 June 2023 In your car, look for the button with the swirly arrow on it. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 7 June 2023 They’re accentuated with spirals and swirly prints in sandy and brown hues, or light pinks and fiery oranges. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 24 May 2021 His swirly bun cannot be separated along its seams, however, because those layers steam into one cushiony mass. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2023 Though Playboy is bookended by a swirly ballad on one side and a soft-rock-n-b number on the other (the last song much more appealing than the Disney-song dramatics of the first), Fireboy mostly performs over production that emphasizes Afrobeats’ invigorating percussion and sweeping synths. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 8 Aug. 2022 First of all, it’s printed all over with a swirly, abstract design. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 21 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of swirly was in 1785

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“Swirly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swirly. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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