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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Definitions for whirligig

  1. something that whirls or revolves.
  2. a whirling motion or course: the whirligig of fashion.
  3. a giddy or flighty person.

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Citations for whirligig
It comes back to me that I was at a certain hour long afterwards to have reflected, in this connection, on the characteristic free play of the whirligig of time. Henry James, Daisy Miller, 1878
...would the whole desperate whirligig slow down, and the exhausted public relapse upon plain grub and elbow-grease? Dorothy L. Sayers, Murder Must Advertise, 1933
Origin of whirligig
late Middle English
Whirligig combines the words whirl with gig. Gig comes from the Middle English ghyg meaning "spinning top."