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 Dressed in a white tank top and sweatpants, the soon-to-be father of six twirled his daughter around during the short and sweet routine. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "James Van Der Beek Teaches 5-Year-Old Daughter His DWTS Samba Routine in Adorable Video," 9 Nov. 2019 Dancers shook leg rattles and women in white skirts and lavender coats twirled and sashayed up the street, the paint on their faces smeared and runny from the rain. Washington Post, "Skulls, masks and dancers as Mexico fetes Day of the Dead," 2 Nov. 2019 He's often seen twirling and dancing with characters, too. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "4-year-old boy with autism who likes to wear dresses befriends Disneyland characters," 21 Oct. 2019 Along the way came dancing and dueling gypsies, Don Jose wrestling like a raging bull with his feelings, and lavishly dressed Spanish ladies whirling and twirling with blue-clad toreadors. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Ballet leaps over expectations with unconventional new ‘Carmen’," 21 Oct. 2019 Additional clips also show the actor swinging with a long fin and later twirling above the stage. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Watch Little Mermaid Live! Star Auli’i Cravalho Swim Around the Stage in Costume," 16 Oct. 2019 Motors, gears and drive-chains were rigged to flip and twirl the chair like a carnival ride. oregonlive, "Epley maneuver for vertigo was invented by Oregon doctor," 15 Oct. 2019 Shayee Khanaka smiled and twirled the dangling sleeves of her purple dress toward a woman on Market Street who flashed a thumbs-up as the crowd marched past. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "SF protesters support Kurds under attack in Syria, oppose US withdrawal," 13 Oct. 2019 In the Paris Fashion Week debut of Satoshi Kondo, the new head designer of Japanese label Issey Miyake, dresses floated down from the ceilings and models twirled like ballerinas. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Issey Miyake's Floating Dresses Wow at Paris Fashion Week," 27 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The complicated, intricate twirls across the dance floor were perfect, until there was a slip blamed on the fog. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Sean Spicer's Frankenstein horrifies on Halloween Night," 29 Oct. 2019 To initiate a challenge, a coach must call a timeout and twirl his index finger toward the referees, according to the NBA. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts experiments with NBA’s new coach’s challenge in preseason game," 9 Oct. 2019 Ho had learned how to pose, twirl, and throw shade with flair. Whitney Wei, Vogue, "This Stylish Berlin DJ Is Mixing Chinese Cybergoth With Ball Culture," 29 Aug. 2019 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

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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

17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Twirl.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twirling. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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