verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- whiptail wallaby,
- whirligig beetle,
- whirling dervish,
Origin of whirl
Examples from the Web for whirl
I never lifted a brush before, I never mixed a paint, so I gave it a whirl.Dubya’s Portraits of Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin Are Just as Genius as You Hoped|Ann Binlot|April 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A whirl of activity on and off the slopes, Kathy heads the local chapter of Disabled Sports, Eastern Sierra region.
Ted Widmer on the whirl of celebrity and policy that dance across the pages.The Man with the President’s Ear, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and JFK|Ted Widmer|October 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Sajed fearlessly slapped on the rollerblades to give them a whirl, and a skater was born.
Berlusconi won his first whirl as prime minister on the same promise and immediately abolished the tax when he took office.Prime Minister Monti Resigns: Will Silvio Berlusconi Rise Again?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He bowed to their sweet nearness; he kissed them again and again, while the shade of the cedars seemed to whirl about him.The Heritage of the Desert|Zane Grey
A whirl of dust met them, and they drew quickly back, his sleeve brushing against her shoulders.The Halo|Bettina von Hutten
At the close one from each side selects a partner, and then, all having partners, they whirl round and round.The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol II of II)|Alice Bertha Gomme
Occasionally, however, he will whirl and come back to the attack.The Land of Footprints|Stewart Edward White
When Dorothy was with Mr. Harley she had been in a maze, a whirl.The President|Alfred Henry Lewis
Word Origin for whirl
late 13c., probably from Old Norse hvirfla "to go round, spin," related to hvirfill "circle, ring, crown," and to Old English hweorfan "to turn" (see whir). Related: Whirled; whirling. Whirlybird "helicopter" is from 1951.
early 15c., "flywheel of a spindle," from whirl (v.). The meaning "act of whirling" is recorded from late 15c.; figurative sense of "confused activity" is recorded from 1550s. Colloquial sense of "tentative attempt" is attested from 1884, American English.
see give something a whirl.