[ hwurl, wurl ]
/ ʰwɜrl, wɜrl /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


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 forms

whirl·er, nounwhirl·ing·ly, adverbout·whirl, verb (used with object)un·whirled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for whirling


/ (wɜːl) /



Derived Forms

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 whirling


see give something a whirl.

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