whirl

[ hwurl, wurl ]
/ ʰwɜrl, wɜrl /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. whipstock,
  2. whiptail,
  3. whiptail wallaby,
  4. whipworm,
  5. whir,
  6. whirlabout,
  7. whirligig,
  8. whirligig beetle,
  9. whirling dervish,
  10. whirlpool

Origin of whirl

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

Related formswhirl·er, nounwhirl·ing·ly, adverbout·whirl, verb (used with object)un·whirled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for whirl

whirl

/ (wɜːl) /

verb

noun

Derived Formswhirler, 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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Word Origin and History for whirl
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Idioms and Phrases with whirl

whirl

see give something a whirl.

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