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twirl

[twurl] /twɜrl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cause to rotate rapidly; spin; revolve; whirl.
2.
to twiddle:
to twirl my thumbs.
3.
to wind idly, as about something.
verb (used without object)
4.
to rotate rapidly; whirl.
5.
to turn quickly so as to face or point in another direction.
noun
6.
an act or instance of twirling; spin; whirl.
7.
something convoluted or having a spiral shape; coil; curl; convolution.
Origin of twirl
1590-1600
1590-1600; tw(ist) + (wh)irl
Related forms
untwirled, adjective
untwirling, adjective
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Examples from the Web for twirling
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  • Lilly still sat on the couch on which she had come back to consciousness, twirling her old hat without a thought in her brain.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
  • A twirling movement in her head prevented her from standing up.

    Mary, Mary James Stephens
  • "You don't know that," says That, twirling its tail faster and faster, and sticking out its toes.

    English Fairy Tales Flora Annie Steel
  • His dizzy, twirling passes, his protestations are everywhere refused.

  • "We serve our time and come home again," remarked Bonnebault, twirling his moustache.

    Sons of the Soil Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for twirling

twirl

/twɜːl/
verb
1.
to move or cause to move around rapidly and repeatedly in a circle
2.
(transitive) to twist, wind, or twiddle, often idly: she twirled her hair around her finger
3.
(intransitive; often foll by around or about) to turn suddenly to face another way: she twirled around angrily to face him
noun
4.
an act of rotating or being rotated; whirl or twist
5.
something wound around or twirled; coil
6.
a written flourish or squiggle
Derived Forms
twirler, noun
Word Origin
C16: perhaps a blend of twist + whirl
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Word Origin and History for twirling

twirl

1590s (n. and v.), of uncertain origin, possibly connected with Old English þwirl "a stirrer." Or else a blend of twist and whirl. Related: Twirled; twirling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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