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

Detroit twirls a sign on the street to finance her radical artwork and dabbles in secret anarchic anti-corporate activism. Katie Walsh, kansascity, "‘Sorry to Bother You’ skewers corporate and cultural corruption," 12 July 2018 The bullpen twirled 3 ⅔ innings of one-run baseball in relief of Charlie Morton. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros rough up White Sox again to reach 60 wins," 8 July 2018 Mashpee 9, Cape Cod Tech 0 — Sophomore Zach Rogers twirled a five-hitter with five strikeouts for the visiting Falcons (8-2). Chris Bokum, BostonGlobe.com, "Max Freedman delivers in pinch for St. John’s Prep baseball," 8 May 2018 Soon enough, floral gowns in every imaginable hue twirled and shimmied to the classics until the lights were turned on. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Selita Ebanks, Donald Robertson Bring Flower Power to the New Yorkers for Children Fool’s Fete," 30 Apr. 2018 To the tune of Western and Iranian pop and rap music, the teenager bopped and twirled in her bedroom without wearing the compulsory Islamic headscarf or hijab. Laignee Barron, Time, "Women in Iran Are Dancing to Protest the Arrest of a Teenage Instagrammer," 9 July 2018 Salma Hayek twirled a full 360-turn with her cell phone aimed at a packed dance floor recording all the action. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cannes: Inside Kering's Women in Motion Awards With Singing Salma Hayek, Dancing Agnes Varda," 14 May 2018 The one-take vertical video, shot by Swift herself, was released first thing Friday (March 30) via Spotify and shows the singer twirling in the woods. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Gets Up Close & Personal in 'Delicate' Vertical Video," 30 Mar. 2018 The painting, in an octagonal frame, features two swirls of bold brush strokes, one curling in green and orange, the other twirling in blue and white. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Keith L. Sachs, 72, contemporary art collector and philanthropist," 5 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Classic couples like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds twirl across the big screen in showings of Top Hat, Swing Time, An American in Paris, and Singin’ in the Rain. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here Are the 12 Best Things to Do in February," 31 Jan. 2018 Back for another twirl on the stage are season 1 stars Porkchop, Akashia, Jade, Ongina, Shannel, Rebecca Glascock, Nina Flowers, and RuPaul’s first Drag Race winner BeBe Zahara Benet. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1 Queens Join Season 10 Cast for Epic Finale Lip Sync," 28 June 2018 What’s a song that can get you out on the dance floor for a twirl? Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Deborah Cox brings a dancefloor legacy to Rainbow on the Green," 20 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

Statistics for twirl

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Time Traveler for twirl

The first known use of twirl was in 1598

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More Definitions for twirl

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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