[ twurl ]
/ twɜrl /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

First recorded in 1590–1600; tw(ist) + (wh)irl


un·twirled, adjectiveun·twirl·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for twirl

/ (twɜːl) /


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

Derived forms of twirl

twirler, noun

Word Origin for twirl

C16: perhaps a blend of twist + whirl
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