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whirl

[ hwurl, wurl ]
/ ʰwɜrl, wɜrl /
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

noun

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Origin of whirl

1250–1300; Middle English whirlen<Old Norse hvirfla to whirl, akin to Old English hwyrflung turning, revolving, hwyrfel circuit; see whorl

OTHER WORDS FROM whirl

whirler, nounwhirl·ing·ly, adverboutwhirl, verb (used with object)un·whirled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for whirl

whirl
/ (wɜːl) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of whirl

whirler, nounwhirling, adjectivewhirlingly, adverb

Word Origin for whirl

C13: from Old Norse hvirfla to turn about; related to Old High German wirbil whirlwind
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Idioms and Phrases with whirl

whirl

see give something a whirl.

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