whirl·​wind | \ ˈ(h)wər(-ə)l-ˌwind How to pronounce whirlwind (audio) \

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



Definition of whirlwind (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Others went through a whirlwind of challenges and barely made it for opening day in May 2012. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, 15 May 2022 Aisling Loftus plays Holly, the young lover of the middle-aged Richard (Tom Goodman-Hill), who after a whirlwind romance brings her to his ex-wife’s lavish country estate, to meet his three kids. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 Burton says even without this additional stress, the whirlwind romance was both exciting and a little overwhelming. Francesca Street, CNN, 9 May 2022 The pair were very public for the duration of their whirlwind romance, even partying together with Madonna. ELLE, 26 Apr. 2022 The couple definitely live in the moment, with their whirlwind romance being completely unexpected for the once platonic close friends. Ana Escalante, Glamour, 7 Apr. 2022 Is there anything more thrilling than a whirlwind romance? Raven Smith, Vogue, 7 Apr. 2022 Japanese Breakfast has been through a whirlwind of events this year including the release of their latest LP, Jubilee, two Grammy nominations, and the debut of Zauner’s writing career with the publication of her book, Crying in H Mart. Grace Natanawan, SPIN, 26 Jan. 2022 Daniel Craig and James Corden went through a cinematic whirlwind on The Late Late Show on Thursday night! Dan Heching, PEOPLE.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Biden will spend much of Wednesday traveling from Washington to Brussels, ahead of a whirlwind day of diplomacy in the Belgian capital the next day. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, 23 Mar. 2022 The two were, of course, involved in a whirlwind six-week relationship that by her account included about 15 days in each other’s company. Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 In 2018, Davidson had a whirlwind five-month romance with pop star Ariana Grande. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 26 Jan. 2022 Cousins recapped a whirlwind four-day period that began with a call and a tryout and ended with him signing and practicing within a day. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Dec. 2021 The man wore his signature white suit during a November day of whirlwind promotional appearances in Atlanta covered by five AJC reporters. Rodney Ho, ajc, 7 Nov. 2021 Pam and Tommy tied the knot in February 1995, following a whirlwind four-day romance. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 5 Nov. 2021 Carroll’s victory also capped an emotional and whirlwind week for the Manzie family, who is still in mourning over the loss of the former council member and Mobile County School board member. al, 6 Oct. 2021 Lady Kitty Spencer enjoyed a whirlwind Italian vacation after her lavish wedding. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of whirlwind


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1614, in the meaning defined above

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“Whirlwind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whirlwind. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for whirlwind


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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