twirl

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verb

twirled; twirling; twirls

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to cause to rotate rapidly
2
twirler noun

twirl

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noun

1
: an act of twirling
2
: coil, whorl
twirly adjective

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Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
No one minds that frontman Brendan Yates dares to twirl and slide and dance. Wired, 22 July 2022 Seeing Bush, who trained in contemporary dance, twirl and wave her arms through a spectral white mist in a floaty batwing dress, her eyes wide with urgency, I was mesmerized. Vogue, 30 May 2022 Pair this taffeta Akris with a stunning pair of stilettos and twirl the night away. Gaby Keiderling, Vogue, 21 May 2022 The charming Frog Pond on historic Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, is a picturesque spot to twirl and glide for an afternoon or evening. Allison Tibaldi, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 Chimes ring mournfully in the breeze, and small white blossoms from a tree twist and twirl their way to a soft landing in the nearby pool. Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2022 The PGA Tour put the kibosh on caddy races a few years ago, but the fans have found other ways to create entertainment, chanting for scoreboard carriers to twirl their boards — most do — or to get people across the stadium to acknowledge them. John Marshall, ajc, 12 Feb. 2022 Super Bowl ad, the Euphoria star will twirl in a gown that can only be described as Aquata Chic. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 3 Feb. 2022 For species that naturally have more of a noodle-like, cylindrical leaf, you’ll get used to how their leaves might twist and twirl more when drier, and a drying plant will feel lighter. Miri Talabac, baltimoresun.com, 6 Jan. 2022
Noun
June Ambrose sashayed her way into the party, giving a twirl in a bright chartreuse gown for an iPhone camera chronicling her entrance. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2022 The mother-daughter duo did a twirl in their matching orange mini-dresses. Andrea Wurzburger, Peoplemag, 2 Sep. 2022 The ritual hand shake, and then the victory twirl, which her glittery black cocktail dress was made for. Amy Bass, CNN, 30 Aug. 2022 Um, and, um, The Tiki twirl is gonna revert back to its previous name, the Calypso. Staff Reports, cleveland, 12 Aug. 2022 Watching his mobile twirl above his head and bouncing in his chair are some of his favorite activities. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2022 In the video, J. Lo does a little twirl to show off the frock. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 18 July 2022 Stanton, 32, also shared that Bushnell Lane, 32, couldn't help shedding a tear when Haley took a twirl around the dance floor with her father. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 13 June 2022 In the most magical of full circle moments, Árboles recently attended her Yale graduation ceremony on campus — exactly two years after her ‘cap and gown twirl on the pole’ moment went viral on social. Karin Eldor, Forbes, 15 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of twirl was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Twirl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twirl. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

twirl 1 of 2

verb

twirled; twirling
: 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

twirl

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noun

: an act of turning or causing to turn rapidly

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