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twirl

[ twurl ]
/ twɜrl /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to rotate rapidly; whirl.
to turn quickly so as to face or point in another direction.

noun

an act or instance of twirling; spin; whirl.
something convoluted or having a spiral shape; coil; curl; convolution.

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Origin of twirl

First recorded in 1590–1600; tw(ist) + (wh)irl
un·twirled, adjectiveun·twirl·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for twirl

twirl
/ (twɜːl) /

verb

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

noun

an act of rotating or being rotated; whirl or twist
something wound around or twirled; coil
a written flourish or squiggle
twirler, noun
C16: perhaps a blend of twist + whirl
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