\ 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

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The fluffy sleeves, the swirly pattern: It's got a lot going on, but Chrissy kills it. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Is Summer-Ready in a Green Dress With an Up-to-There Slit," 25 June 2019 This swirly style requires three shades, and a bit of focus to nail the abstract design—but believe in yourself, you'll be considered a nail art picasso in no time. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "10 Easy and Fun Nail Designs to Copy This Summer," 7 May 2019 The moment those swirly prints appeared on the Spring 2019 runways, Hadid, like a true trendsetting model, began wearing them immediately. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid, Lover of Tie-Dye, Gives the Groovy Look a Coachella Spin," 14 Apr. 2019 But the diamonds, placed to follow the swirly pattern of her hair, are what bring the look into 2018. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Cardi B Wore Diamonds in Her Hair, and Now I Want Diamonds in My Hair," 26 Oct. 2018 The packaging is dope, a light pink case embossed with both Too Faced's original branding (a very nineties, Rocko's Modern Life kind of vibe), and the present's swirly glam font. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Too Faced Is Making a 'Better Than Birthday Sex' Mascara for Its Anniversary," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of swirly

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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