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 Rafael Nadal twirling his racquet over his head, his mouth a glorious snarl. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Félix Auger-Aliassime Is Trying to Stay Calm," 24 Aug. 2019 Like Naruto, Xin is caught up in a war between moustache-twirling Bad Guys and heroic Good Guys. Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Kingdom’s’ sword-wielding manga heroes go to war in a thrilling flurry of action," 15 Aug. 2019 Thunderbolt Ross Villains aren't always the mustache-twirling kind – although the not-so-good general (William Hurt) has plentiful facial hair. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Marvel's biggest, baddest movie villains (from Mysterio to Killmonger), definitively ranked," 12 July 2019 One of our favorite housewives is twirling back to TV. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Kenya Moore Is Twirling Back To 'The Real Housewives Of Atlanta'," 11 July 2019 Dancers wearing bright saris twirled to the booming beat of the drums, while others marching with the group held two types of flags: red, white and blue for America, and orange for Maharashtra, India. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Independence Day parade fosters culture, family in Ann Arbor," 4 July 2019 The next afternoon at Minute Maid Park, Thornton twirled 6 ⅔ innings of scoreless baseball, punctuating most of his massive moments with a large fist pump or audible yell. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros take down Blue Jays in series opener," 30 Aug. 2019 The fiery right-hander twirled off the mound when a pitch got away and bounced in fear when a ball threatening to find some grass. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers trounce Marlins behind six homers as Dustin May earns first victory," 13 Aug. 2019 In the world of Italian food, the only thing that requires more manual dexterity than twirling your pasta is logging in fast enough to get one of the Olive Garden’s coveted passes. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "For the first time, Olive Garden will offer a Lifetime Pasta Pass," 12 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From panelist that included Shaun Ross, Karen Civil, and ELLE Style Director, Nikki Ogunnaike to performers like Doja Cat and Queen Naija, ENVSN Festival was a twirl. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Style At The 2019 ENVSN Festival," 16 Sep. 2019 Men wore wide-legged trousers and and strappy, body-baring harness-style tops while women wore a simplistic high-necked red dresses, the skirts of which splayed out in strips with each twirl. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The New York City Ballet Hosts a Fall Gala to Remember With Costumes by Gareth Pugh, Alberta Ferretti, and Giles Deacon," 28 Sep. 2018 Hold small white pumpkin by the stem and, working quickly, twirl along surface of water, allowing nail polish to adhere to skin. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Polished Pumpkin," 9 Sep. 2019 Will Harris, Héctor Rondón and Roberto Osuna teamed to twirl 2 ⅓ innings of one-run ball, preserving a plucky start from Greinke during a 5-4 win against the Angels at Minute Maid Park.ke. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros take series opener from Angels," 23 Aug. 2019 The legend is adapted by Juneau artist Michaela Goade; the artwork is beautiful, the faces on the characters expressive, and the twirls in the sea just reminiscent enough of Van Gogh to show his inspiration without simply duplicating his style. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "These books will keep kids reading this summer - and discovering Alaska in the process," 6 July 2019 Barrel racers did their charge-and-twirl ballet through the oil drum cloverleaf. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Rodeo spirit energizes Tejas Steakhouse in Bulverde," 11 July 2019 With posters of the Season 8’s inferno imagery behind her, the actress gave a twirl on the red carpet at Radio City Music Hall creating an otherworldly photo op and a divine fashion moment. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Gwendoline Christie Ruled the Game of Thrones Red Carpet in a Gown of Ice and Fire," 4 Apr. 2019 As the pair began their twizzle sequence — a series of synchronized twirls on one foot — the top of Min’s outfit briefly slipped down. Christina Caron, New York Times, "Adding to Olympic Nerves: A Wardrobe Malfunction on Ice," 11 Feb. 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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3 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for twirl

The first known use of twirl was in 1598

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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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