something that whirls or revolves.
a whirling motion or course: the whirligig of fashion.
a giddy or flighty person.
Dialect. a merry-go-round or carrousel.
a toy for whirling or spinning, as a top.
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How to use whirligig in a sentence
On another day, we watched older children recruit the help of younger children to lug a few logs and timbers from the edge of camp to construct a whirligig or roundabout.What Industrial Societies Get Wrong About Childhood - Issue 108: Change | Karen L. Kramer | December 1, 2021 | Nautilus
One flier fell at about 28 centimeters per second, less than half the speed of natural whirligigs from various plants.Whirling maple seeds inspired these tiny flying sensors | Emily Conover | September 22, 2021 | Science News
Time's whirligig has made him the hero of our puppet-shows, and he enjoys cosmopolitan celebrity under the name of Punch.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first | Count Carlo Gozzi
There were books all round the room, and one of those whirligig square book-cases.A Mortal Antipathy | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
It is so dark I can't tell which way she is swinging till she is coming around like a whirligig.'Life On The Mississippi, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
This little bubble is held there by tiny hairs, and because whirligig has it, it can breathe while it stays under the water.Little Busybodies | Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
"Aunty Maggy's whirligig" could be enjoyed on payment of an old pair of boots, a collection of rags, or the like.Auld Licht Idyls | J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for whirligig
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