- 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 twirling
With her cascade of red, twirling hair and pale, fine-boned face.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
The acrobat was twirling during her performance, suspended by a chiffon scarf.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus
May 5, 2014
The technology that keeps her twirling and dipping is nothing short of incredible.How Paralympian Amy Purdy Dances Like a Star
April 30, 2014
“Hasidic Jews…” Ashlee begins, twirling her fingers next to her temples.Is Bravo’s Jewish Princesses Long Island the Most Offensive TV Show Ever?
July 22, 2013
Perhaps because skinning a squirrel is just not as sexy as twirling in a Rodarte-made tutu.Overacting Anonymous: The Christian Bale and Natalie Portman Edition
February 20, 2011
"That's a coincidence," observed the stranger, twirling his pale mustache.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
The latter was twirling his spoon again as though reassured.
He lays down the empty pipe he has been twirling in his fingers, and obeys her.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
He was standing, twirling his ancient headpiece, awaiting the word to start.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
A twirling movement in her head prevented her from standing up.Mary, Mary
- 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 twirling
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