\ˈswər-lē \
swirlier; swirliest

Definition of swirly 

1 Scotland : knotted, twisted

2 : that swirls : swirling the swirly water of the rapids

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Gone are the turquoise tubs and swirly script, replaced by effervescently glowing tubs in pastel shades. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This K-Beauty Face Cleanser Is So Popular, One Sells Every 3.1 Seconds," 13 June 2018 At the end, Maren handed Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, a giant swirly lollipop. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Jerry Maren, last surviving Munchkin from 'Wizard of Oz,' dies at 98," 6 June 2018 The quiet, uncrowded room with sparkling, swirly light fixtures, mauve-gray carpeting and panoramic views of the sea had a luxurious cooling affect. Si Liberman, San Antonio Express-News, "Living it up on MSC Seaside’s ship within a ship," 5 June 2018 Some had a twinkly 3-D silver lip that matched John Galliano’s holographic blazers, while others had a multicolored design that effortlessly blended shades of royal purple, silver, and Studio 54 gold into a swirly nebula. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Glitter Is the New Lipstick," 28 Feb. 2018 There's no margarita machine, blaring music, swirly drinks or long, convoluted list of various combination dinners. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "This Grapevine restaurant makes a '100 best' list — with tamales | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 Feb. 2018 Artist Harry G. Peters, with his swirly art style, minimized the strangeness with his delightful art. Michael Sangiacomo, cleveland.com, "Wonder Woman at her peak at 75, with movie set to debut (photos)," 24 May 2017 Three theories are currently proposed to explain the swirly enigmas. Adam Mann, WIRED, "Swirly Moon Markings Remain Mysterious," 8 Sep. 2011 Fun fact: Moon is the colorist that gave Kanye West his swirly pink-and-yellow-gold hair. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "This Graffiti Hair Artist Is Taking Dye Jobs to a Whole New Level," 1 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of swirly

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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