twirl

verb
\ ˈtwər-(-ə)l How to pronounce twirl (audio) \
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 How to pronounce twirl (audio) \ noun

Noun

twirly \ ˈtwər-​lē How to pronounce twirl (audio) \ 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 The noodles twirl on your fork and cling to the creamy sauce, rounded out with a little bacon and salty pecorino cheese. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 6 July 2021 Black people mill about, sharing work on the compound; life seems peaceful; little girls twirl in their dresses. Steffan Triplett, Vulture, 17 May 2021 No other marching band would let her dance and twirl to old school Isley Brothers hits and Lil Jon and Atlanta trap music. Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2021 Using balance, energy and design, build large scale moving sculptures that twirl in the breeze or ball machines that seem to defy gravity. Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2021 The production is a truly a spectacle — aerialists spin, a stilt walker bobs, ribbons twirl, tap dancers hoof it — but director J. Marie Bailey ensures that the title character’s journey to adulthood isn’t lost among the hubbub. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 11 Apr. 2021 The experiment involves measuring the rate at which the muons twirl to exquisite precision. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, 7 Apr. 2021 Andrew Friedman joked that reporters should have Turner twirl for them on a Zoom call. Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2021 The titular chorus is mesmerizing, as Del Rey coos in a high falsetto while trap hi-hats twirl around her. Richard S. He, Billboard, 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It’s splash-resistant, too—perfect for a poolside twirl. Jennifer Tzeses, Town & Country, 22 June 2021 Every reaching arm, uninhibited twirl and sweeping jump seemed to open up the space. Washington Post, 12 June 2021 Potentially a fitting final twirl for a good guy who cashed in handsomely and deserved a better finish. BostonGlobe.com, 1 May 2021 Kase took his first twirl with his teammates since Jan. 16, when a bump from New Jersey’s Miles Wood sent him woozily off the ice and into concussion protocol. BostonGlobe.com, 8 May 2021 Like the irritated neighbors of the Hollywood sign, RPV’s prosperous insomniacs grumbled about the pulsing nightlong twirl of light, and so the inland side of the lamp was painted opaque white, and the foghorn was silenced early in this century. Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 Madlib finds rhythm in the twirl of a flamenco guitar and in songs from the twitchy, twee U.K. post-punk band the Young Marble Giants. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 18 Jan. 2021 After a practiced twirl of her fingers, Anastasia Bukhiyeva, an employee at a party supply shop in Moscow, attached a string, and the balloon floated up to a net under the ceiling, joining dozens of others in this upside-down system of storage. New York Times, 8 Dec. 2020 Her red dress literally floated as Farber hoisted her into the air for a final twirl, and the two ended in an embrace. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2020

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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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8 Jul 2021

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“Twirl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twirl. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce twirl (audio) \
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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