whirly

adjective
\ ˈ(h)wər-lē How to pronounce whirly (audio) \

Definition of whirly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a whirling motion

whirly

noun
plural whirlies

Definition of whirly (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small whirlwind

Examples of whirly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Also on the dessert side, the King Kong Sundae, with 24 scoops of ice cream covered in sprinkles, gummy bears, caramel sauce, hot fudge sauce and giant whirly pops, serves 12. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Mar. 2022 Creamy Wurlitzers, jangly pianos and whirly Mellotrons all become service to 14 safe, almost parodically ’70s pieces that couch vignettes about the down-and-out and the unlucky in the shadow of Bowie, the Pointer Sisters and Steely Dan. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 Other operators run whirly ball games in other cities. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 July 2018 The former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who studied chemistry at Oxford, is said to have had a role in the invention of the white whirly ice cream cones. Palko Karasz, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2018 Other operators run whirly ball games in other cities. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 July 2018 The former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who studied chemistry at Oxford, is said to have had a role in the invention of the white whirly ice cream cones. Palko Karasz, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2018 His search for his parents, presumed dead at the end of the first film, ignites the third subplot in which his best friend, Alice, equipped with a whirly gyroscopic time machine called a Chronosphere, tries to alter the past to change the future. Stephen Holden, New York Times, 26 May 2016 See More

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First Known Use of whirly

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Whirly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whirly. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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