\ ˈswər-lē How to pronounce swirly (audio) \
swirlier; swirliest

Definition of swirly

1 Scotland : knotted, twisted
2 : that swirls : swirling the swirly water of the rapids

Examples of swirly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dark prince has appeared as BEELZEBUB in a total of eight New York Times crosswords, most recently in 2016 in this swirly puzzle by Joel Fagliano. New York Times, "The Meaning of Life," 5 Apr. 2020 Players can teleport short distances instead of walking, generally considered the safest movement option in terms of swirly stomachs. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Half-Life: Alyx Shows VR's Power, but Might Not Win Converts," 25 Mar. 2020 Standard rooms belie their official name with swirly, painterly wallpaper and headboard fabric by Voutsa’s George Venson, who took cues from a Baroque painting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Riggs Washington DC: First In," 7 Feb. 2020 Elves Studio Travel through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest and past the sea of twirly-swirly gum drops to find Elves Studio, an Elf-themed pop-up bar by Splash Studio. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From pop-up bars to bar crawls, here are 7 places around Milwaukee to get in the holiday spirit," 11 Dec. 2019 For a total splurge, there’s this swirly Gucci stole that looks like a hand-me-down from a Romanov sister. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Holiday Gift Guide: How to Channel Your Inner Maximalist," 6 Dec. 2019 On Picbreeder, users would see an array of 15 similar images, composed of geometric shapes or swirly patterns, all variations on a theme. Quanta Magazine, "Computers Evolve a New Path Toward Human Intelligence," 6 Nov. 2019 There’s a live-edge bar, whole swirly wall planks, overhead boards, rectilinear stalactites dangling in a fringe along the windows. BostonGlobe.com, "Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe," 18 Sep. 2019 If the waves are detectable at all, a much more powerful telescope than BICEP2 will be needed to perceive them behind the swirly haze of galactic dust. Quanta Magazine, "‘Big Bang Signal’ Could All Be Dust," 21 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of swirly

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Swirly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swirly. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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