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: having a whirling motion


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plural whirlies
: a small whirlwind

Examples of whirly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whirly was in the 15th century

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“Whirly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whirly. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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