- to cause to rotate rapidly; spin; revolve; whirl.
- to twiddle: to twirl my thumbs.
- to wind idly, as about something.
- to rotate rapidly; whirl.
- to turn quickly so as to face or point in another direction.
- an act or instance of twirling; spin; whirl.
- something convoluted or having a spiral shape; coil; curl; convolution.
Origin of twirl
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Examples from the Web for twirl
Abu Hassar began to twirl it between his index finger and thumb.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
Listen, it takes a lot of effort to twirl energetically on a mountaintop and make it look good.‘Sound of Music Live!’ Review: The Hills Are Barely Alive
December 6, 2013
Loubet, before parting with his, gave it a twirl as a drum-major does his cane.The Downfall
Well, you fellows can stay ashore if you want to, and twirl your fingers.Mayflower (Flor de mayo)
Vicente Blasco Ibez
The captain took out a small pencil on a chain and began to twirl it.Image of the Gods
Alan Edward Nourse
Having found the best materials at hand, he began to twirl the stick.An American Robinson Crusoe
Samuel. B. Allison
Laughing a thick laugh, he gave a twirl to his moustache, and swaggered on.Villa Rubein and Other Stories
- to move or cause to move around rapidly and repeatedly in a circle
- (tr) to twist, wind, or twiddle, often idlyshe twirled her hair around her finger
- (intr; often foll by around or about) to turn suddenly to face another wayshe twirled around angrily to face him
- an act of rotating or being rotated; whirl or twist
- something wound around or twirled; coil
- a written flourish or squiggle
C16: perhaps a blend of twist + whirl
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Word Origin and History for twirl
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