whirly·​bird ˈ(h)wər-lē-ˌbərd How to pronounce whirlybird (audio)

Examples of whirlybird in a Sentence

from the sky a police whirlybird was able to track the fleeing carjacker
Recent Examples on the Web Mars’ atmosphere is thin, so the extraterrestrial whirlybird needed some special modifications to achieve lift. Hailey Rose McLaughlin, Discover Magazine, 4 Sep. 2019 The sleek, dark-green whirlybird, with its luxe leather interior, sat in front of Airbus’s static display at the National Business Aviation Association’s BACE conference in Orlando. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 19 Oct. 2022 The result is a whirlybird that’s quieter than usual, but also potentially safer. Rob Verger and Charlie Wood, Popular Science, 2 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whirlybird was in 1951

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“Whirlybird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whirlybird. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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