whirlwind

noun
whirl·wind | \ˈhwər(-ə)l-ˌwind, ˈwər(-ə)l-\

Definition of whirlwind 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small rotating windstorm of limited extent

2a : a confused rush : whirl a whirlwind of meetings

b : a violent or destructive force or agency

whirlwind

adjective

Definition of whirlwind (Entry 2 of 2)

: resembling a whirlwind especially in speed or force a whirlwind campaign a whirlwind romance

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Examples of whirlwind in a Sentence

Noun

My life has been a whirlwind lately. He attended a whirlwind of meetings.

Adjective

The band went on a whirlwind concert tour. They were married after a whirlwind romance. We continued on at a whirlwind pace.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

It's been a whirlwind, but Tutton is used to the spotlight. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Real Life singer, 'Boy Band' winner Brady Tutton comes home to Milwaukee for Summerfest," 25 June 2018 The next few days are bound to be a whirlwind for Boise State alum Chandler Hutchison. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "With Hutchison set to end draft drought, BSU Hall of Famer reflects on his 'incredible' night," 20 June 2018 Since the big win, Arnaud's life has been a whirlwind. Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com, "After 15 years of trying, Covington golf pro Michael Arnaud finally wins big," 24 May 2018 It's been a whirlwind few days for Ragland, who met Queen Elizabeth for tea at Windsor Castle Friday, as final preparations were made for the royal wedding on Saturday. Angela Dewan, CNN, "Doria Ragland: Meghan Markle's mother by her side on wedding day," 19 May 2018 Sonia Legg reports Newslook Cambridge Analytica, the political intelligence firm whose tactics came under fire and sparked a whirlwind of scrutiny over Facebook data, has submitted papers in the U.S. to begin liquidating. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Cambridge Analytica files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation after debilitating scandal," 18 May 2018 The recruitment of all three of Wednesday’s signees were whirlwind, including Smith, who was offered Jan. 4, visited Boise two weeks later and committed Jan. 25. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "Family ties and video games: Boise State finds unique ways to finish signing class," 7 Feb. 2018 After meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as well as President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyneto on the second day of their whirlwind trip to Ireland, the royal newlyweds spent some time interacting with young fans. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Already Awesome With Kids and This Is Proof," 11 July 2018 In the span of their whirlwind, weeks-long romance, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have checked off relationship milestone after relationship milestone in surprisingly quick succession. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's Phone Background Is a Photo of Pete Davidson," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Cristobal has only been in his new job for a little while, part of a whirlwind few weeks that saw Willie Taggart leave for Florida State and the Ducks prepare for (and then lose) the Las Vegas Bowl to Boise State. Brian Pedersen, ajc, "What Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said about Ducks’ early signees," 20 Dec. 2017 Rihanna, the ultimate multi-tasking queen, capped off her whirlwind New York Fashion Week with a bang on Thursday night. Paul Chi, Vanities, "Inside Rihanna’s Diamond Ball, Where Beyoncé and Jay-Z Danced to Calvin Harris and Barack Obama Sent His Regards," 15 Sep. 2017 Rihanna, the ultimate multi-tasking queen, capped off her whirlwind New York Fashion Week with a bang on Thursday night. Paul Chi, vanityfair.com, "Inside Rihanna’s Diamond Ball, Where Beyoncé and Jay-Z Danced to Calvin Harris and Barack Obama Sent His Regards," 15 Sep. 2017 But there is something about sandwiches, their versatility and their portability that can’t be beat during these whirlwind summer months. Chelsea Zwieg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Layered for summer: Farmers market pickings fill seasonal sandwiches," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of whirlwind

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1614, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for whirlwind

whirlwind

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whirlwind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a very strong wind that moves in a spinning or swirling motion and that can damage buildings, trees, etc.

: something that involves many quickly changing events, feelings, etc.

whirlwind

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of whirlwind (Entry 2 of 2)

: happening or done very quickly

whirlwind

noun
whirl·wind | \ˈhwərl-ˌwind, ˈwərl-\

Kids Definition of whirlwind

: a small windstorm of rapidly rotating air

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