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awhirl

[uh-hwurl, uh-wurl]
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adjective
  1. rotating rapidly; spinning; whirling (usually used predicatively): dancers awhirl to the strains of a lively waltz.
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Origin of awhirl

First recorded in 1880–85; a-1 + whirl
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Examples from the Web for awhirl

Historical Examples

  • Everything had come so suddenly that the girl's brain was all awhirl.

    The Easiest Way

    Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow

  • This much Joe Hawkridge comprehended, although his mind was awhirl.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • The sun may burn till his senses are all awhirl, he must go on.

  • I slept but little that night; my brain was awhirl with many thoughts.

    Dead Man's Love

    Tom Gallon

  • His senses were awhirl, his spirits high in the chimera that Trusia cared for him.

    Trusia

    Davis Brinton


Word Origin and History for awhirl

adj.

1837, from a- (1) + whirl (v.).

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