twirl

verb
\ ˈtwər-(-ə)l \
twirled; twirling; twirls

Definition of twirl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to revolve rapidly
2 : to pitch in a baseball game

transitive verb

1 : to cause to rotate rapidly

twirl

noun

Definition of twirl (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of twirling
2 : coil, whorl

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Other Words from twirl

Verb

twirler \ ˈtwər-​lər \ noun

Noun

twirly \ ˈtwər-​lē \ adjective

Examples of twirl in a Sentence

Verb

They twirled past us on the dance floor. The cheerleaders jumped and twirled. The kite twisted and twirled in the wind. The chef twirled the noodles around his fork.

Noun

The dancers executed perfect twirls. the twirl of the dancer's skirt mesmerized me
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Behind him is Lionel Messi, also snappily dressed and with the hairs of his moustache twirled up either side of his mouth. Washington Post, "Gods of soccer: Ronaldo, Messi like you’ve never seen them," 30 June 2018 But Porter didn't need to flip and twirl his cape to snatch wigs. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Billy Porter's Golden Globes Look Just Changed My Life," 7 Jan. 2019 The only way to truly do that would be to make every vehicle accessible to everyone, with every access point designed not as giant car elevators or twirling driveway ramps, but as walkable boarding areas for people who don’t have cars. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "We don’t need more dedicated places where cars can go fast," 20 Dec. 2018 The couple spiced up the package, adding a piano performance by the alderman and a baton-twirling demonstration by Justice Burke. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Anixter Center honors Cinespace's Alex Pissios at Benefit for Ability," 9 May 2018 Stylist Ami Patel shared a glimpse of Chopra twirling around in her outfit for Ambani's nuptials on Instagram. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Attended Their Friend's Wedding—and Of Course They Looked Spectacular," 12 Dec. 2018 As Johnson twirled around the reality TV star studs, Amabile successfully ripped off his tank to reveal his very fit physique, while Kimball couldn't quite get his shirt off. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "Joe Amabile's 'Dancing With the Stars' Guest Jordan Kimball Suffered Hilarious Wardrobe Malfunction," 16 Oct. 2018 The new videos show the Russian jet just off the EP-3’s wingtip, as the propeller of the Navy plane twirls in front of the camera. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "From several angles, a new look at how a Russian jet buzzed a Navy aircraft," 31 Jan. 2018 Counsell couldn’t have controlled for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw returning to form and twirling a gem, allowing one run on three hits over seven sparkling frames in a 5-2 Los Angeles victory. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Brewers, Dodgers Take Lineup Shuffle to the Next Level," 18 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Memorable thanks to her confident stride and final twirl, the strut caught the attention of supermodel Tyra Banks, who retweeted the clip and added some America’s Next Top Model–esque commentary. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Even Supermodels Were Impressed by Catriona Gray’s “Lava Walk”," 17 Dec. 2018 Salón San Luis The dance floor at this old-school salon, cloaked in red light, comes alive as locals, tourists, and old timers twirl and shuffle to the tunes of a live band. Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things To Do In Mexico City," 4 Mar. 2018 But only a few hours later, Mercury (the planet of communication) begins its twirl backward. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018 Florence Welch is known for her modern mastery of romantic gowns worthy of a good old-fashioned twirl. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Kelsey Lu Played Cello With Florence Welch in a Very Florence Welch-y Dress," 31 May 2018 Forgo over-the-head twirls when dancing — too much risk of flashing underarm perspiration. Lauren Levy, The Cut, "The Everything Guide to Staying Cool at a Summer Wedding," 12 Apr. 2018 The Black Panther even slinks into a swank casino with some backup and before long the place has erupted with the kind of choreographed mayhem that — as legs and gowns twirl — achieves liftoff. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: ‘Black Panther’ Shakes Up the Marvel Universe," 6 Feb. 2018 Here, foodies can settle in for a banquet fit for an elf queen as part of the Evening Banquet tour, where following a twilight twirl around Hobbiton, a feast of Middle-Earth themed food, like plum pudding and stews, await. Leena Tailor, Vogue, "A Grown-Up’s Guide to Hobbiton," 4 Feb. 2018 Hence the occasional twirl or bark. John Nevin handles communications about the Michigan Supreme Court during the week. Matthew Dolan, Detroit Free Press, "Prized pooches pampered, praised at Detroit Kennel Club annual show," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of twirl

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for twirl

Verb

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect tvirla to twirl; akin to Old High German dweran to stir

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Dictionary Entries near twirl

twin-turbo

twin valve

twire

twirl

twirligig

twirp

twist

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The first known use of twirl was in 1598

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twirl

verb

English Language Learners Definition of twirl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to turn (something) around and around quickly
: to turn or spin around and around
: to twist or wrap (something) around something

twirl

noun

English Language Learners Definition of twirl (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of turning or spinning around quickly

twirl

verb
\ ˈtwərl \
twirled; twirling

Kids Definition of twirl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to turn or cause to turn rapidly Next, he picked up a … brush by the handle and twirled it back and forth …— Franklin W. Dixon, The Secret Panel

Other Words from twirl

twirler noun

twirl

noun

Kids Definition of twirl (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of turning or causing to turn rapidly

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