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 twirler (audio) \ noun

Noun

twirly \ ˈtwər-​lē How to pronounce twirly (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 As the ball soared toward the green on a foggy morning, Woods began to twirl his club — and held the pose for several seconds, openly admiring his shot. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Tiger Woods at Harding Park: two dominant performances, one memorable club twirl," 3 Aug. 2020 Ben Folds writes songs that twirl humor and misery together like flavors in a soft-serve cone. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Ben Folds Puts His Live-Work Sanctuary in Hudson on the Market," 7 July 2020 Bess Wills coaches a number of Crimsonettes who twirl for Alabama’s Million Dollar Band. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Alabama season ticket renewals remain high, fans explain why pandemic won’t stop them," 15 June 2020 But that didn’t stop Annika, 5, and Vivienne, 7, from twirling around a pole with their friend, Dalia, jumping on plastic crates and sticking their hands into a bag of popcorn at the farmers market on Saturday morning. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "Farmers markets? Playgrounds? Families try to balance ‘safety and sanity’ amid coronavirus," 14 Mar. 2020 But that doesn't stop the clumsy bear from twirling around the top step and doing a faceplant on the dirt below. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "WATCH: Panda Cub Fails at Climbing Ladder While Still Being Completely Adorable," 23 Sep. 2015 This movie version of one of Broadway's greatest hits will leave you on the edge of your seat, if not twirling on your living room floor. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "The Best Broadway Musicals for Southerners to Stream Right Now," 3 Apr. 2020 Timberlake dances, giving us a signature move out of Jackson's playbook as SZA twirls on a glittery object floating in the middle of a black abyss. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Justin Timberlake and SZA debut 'The Other Side' music video from 'Trolls World Tour' soundtrack," 26 Feb. 2020 Al Kuzens smiled when his son, wearing goggles, a mask, gloves and a gown, quickly twirled his arm up and down – a hip-hop dance move called Pop and Lock. oregonlive, "‘They were going down fast’ – Families describe coronavirus chaos and death at SE Portland nursing home," 22 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The police-and-National-Guard caravan passed me several times, along with several solo police vehicles, their emergency lights set to a slow eternal twirl. J.c. Hallman, The New Republic, "Minneapolis in the Aftermath," 4 June 2020 The club sensation isn’t Cox’s first musical twirl. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Laverne Cox Shares Advice On Creating Inclusive Spaces For Marginalized Voices: 'Keep Pushing'," 1 Oct. 2019 The audience member said no, but proceeded to do some incredible handstands, twirls and more. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Watch RuPaul Teach Lilly Singh How to Play Dirty Charades," 22 Jan. 2020 Just a few weeks before the wedding, while Boras was jetting around the country conducting business, Natalie had asked her dad to learn a Luis Miguel song for their dance, a 3½-minute number with a daunting number of steps, dips, and twirls. BostonGlobe.com, "Behind the scenes with player agent Scott Boras at baseball’s Winter Meetings - The Boston Globe," 15 Dec. 2019 The toughness of this bone offers extra protection to the delicate twirls of DNA from damaging heat and the region’s acidic soils. National Geographic, "First ancient genomes from West Africa reveal complexity of human ancestry," 22 Jan. 2020 What then unfolded was yet more baffling to the eye: a bend-and-snap backwards flip followed by twirls in which Oddly’s head seemed to move at a different rate than her body. The Atlantic, "The 15 Best TV Moments of 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 Ritchie logged a meager 8:06, including just a five-second twirl on the power play, and finished minus-2 in the 5-2 loss. BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins’ Brett Ritchie told to start faster out of the gate - The Boston Globe," 12 Dec. 2019 With a hand motion and a click sound, or a verbal command, Snowball can bark, sit, roll over, jump, twirl, high-five and sit in a lap. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Cleveland celebrity dog Snowball achieves stardom as an actor," 24 June 2019

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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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Time Traveler for twirl

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The first known use of twirl was in 1598

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Last Updated

12 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Twirl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twirl. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for twirl

twirl

verb
How to pronounce twirl (audio)

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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