- 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.
Origin of whirligig
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Examples from the Web for whirligig
The fortunes these women have poured into this whirligig of chance will never be computed.The Lure of the Mask
She set it down and stooped forward, turning the bowl as if it were a whirligig.A Treasury of Eskimo Tales
Clara Kern Bayliss
Don't you see that Time is a whirligig, and all things come round?Kenelm Chillingly, Complete
She is called “The Whirligig” because she is so apt to be blown about by her emotions.In Doublet and Hose
Lucy Foster Madison
She put it on the floor and stooped forward, turning the vessel like a whirligig.The Central Eskimo
C15: whirlegigge, from whirl + gig 1
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Word Origin and History for whirligig
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