whirlwind

noun
whirl·​wind | \ ˈhwər(-ə)l-ˌwind How to pronounce whirlwind (audio) , 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

Rather than a chaotic whirlwind of combat, four-player games actually feel more staid and conservative. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Wildlands may be the slickest, simplest fantasy skirmish game ever made," 1 Dec. 2018 To say the past 365 days have been a whirlwind would be a serious understatement. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Spending Their Engagement Anniversary Apart," 27 Nov. 2018 Most recently, that ride has included a whirlwind of wedding planning, from florals and cake to the last dress fitting at Monique Lhuillier. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Miguel and His Longtime Love Nazanin Mandi Are Married—Inside Their Wedding at Hummingbird Ranch in California," 27 Nov. 2018 Getty ImagesCraig Sjodin The 23rd season of The Bachelor starring Colton Underwood has been a whirlwind so far, and only promises to get crazier. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Contestant Tracy Shapoff Is Already Swept Up In Drama," 25 Jan. 2019 It's been a whirlwind few months for Markle and Prince Harry. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Did Meghan Markle Just Reveal Her Due Date?," 14 Jan. 2019 New York Fashion Week has concluded, giving way to London, Milan, and then Paris in the whirlwind that is Fashion Month. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "New York Fashion Week Spring 2019 Trends You Can Shop Now," 29 Aug. 2018 Thompson has been in a whirlwind love affair with the taller Kardashian for a few years now. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Why Tristan Thompson Allegedly Cheating on Khloé Kardashian Might Be Good News for the Cleveland Cavaliers," 11 Apr. 2018 Williamson, a South Carolina prep sensation with YouTube fan videos that have been viewed millions of times, understands how a teenager could get caught up in the whirlwind of attention. Washington Post, "Top recruits use support systems to avoid NCAA troublemakers," 28 Mar. 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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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 How to pronounce whirlwind (audio) , ˈwərl-\

Kids Definition of whirlwind

: a small windstorm of rapidly rotating air

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