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[uh-hwurl, uh-wurl] /əˈʰwɜrl, əˈwɜrl/
rotating rapidly; spinning; whirling (usually used predicatively):
dancers awhirl to the strains of a lively waltz.
Origin of awhirl
First recorded in 1880-85; a-1 + whirl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • 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
  • The whole island was awhirl with rumours; it was said, again and again, that fighting had begun.

  • Even then her mind was awhirl, and fatigue and perhaps hunger, too, made it impossible to think seriously.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
  • His head was awhirl, his pulses fairly pounding with the weird, quixotic purport of his impulse.

    Little Eve Edgarton Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • He sat down again, his senses all awhirl with the aching desire he had to hold her in his arms.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • She hung up, leaving the little French girl in a state of bewilderment, her mind all awhirl with questions.

    Hour of Enchantment Roy J. Snell
Word Origin and History for awhirl

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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