- to move around or along with a whirling motion; whirl; eddy.
- to be dizzy or giddy, as the head.
- to cause to whirl; twist.
- a swirling movement; whirl; eddy.
- a twist, as of hair around the head or of trimming on a hat.
- any curving, twisting line, shape, or form.
- confusion; disorder.
Origin of swirl
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Related Wordswhirl, churn, boil, roil, twirl, crisp, agitate, surge, wriggle, eddy, crimp, snake, whorl, coil, curl, roll, whirlpool, swoosh, purl
Examples from the Web for swirl
Thousands of people are posting videos on YouTube while they gargle and swirl oil in their mouths.Oil Pulling: Miracle Cure or Oily Mess?
March 28, 2014
That is the context I keep revisiting amidst the condemnations that swirl this week around the Nuge.The GOP’s Real Ted Nugent Problem
February 22, 2014
Pour the batter in the pan and swirl so that the batter coats the bottom part of the pan.Cat Cora’s Valentine’s Day Menu for Single People
February 13, 2014
Bassam handed me a large piece, with no attempt to wave away the swirl of winged insects dive-bombing from all directions.Iraq War 10th Anniversary: The Teamster
John Kael Weston
March 17, 2013
Once he had the boots on, the man continued along Seventh Avenue and disappeared into the Times Square swirl.NY Cop’s Act of Kindness Resonates With Thousands
December 1, 2012
Then a swirl of other Mercutians anxious to get at the Earthman eddied him out of view.Slaves of Mercury
There was a swirl of snow over the fields and the line where sky and earth met could not be seen.Master and Man
It must be glorious to be in the rush and swirl of all this splendid effort, whatever comes of it!The Christian
Pete shut the door of the bar-room, and then the wind was heard to swirl through the porch.The Manxman
This was sufficient recommendation for Henry, in the swirl of his agitation, to loose his tongue.Rope
- to turn or cause to turn in a twisting spinning fashion
- (intr) to be dizzy; swimmy head was swirling
- a whirling or spinning motion, esp in water
- a whorl; curl
- the act of swirling or stirring
- dizzy confusion
Word Origin and History for swirl
early 15c., "whirlpool, eddy," originally Scottish, perhaps related to dialectal Norwegian svirla or Dutch zwirrelen "to whirl." The meaning "whirling movement" is from 1818.
1510s, with an isolated instance from 14c.; from swirl (n.). Related: Swirled; swirling.