- Whirl means the act of spinning or twirling, or a state of confusion.
An example of a whirl is a number of intense events that happen one right after another.
- Whirl is defined as to spin, rotate or move quickly in a circular motion.
An example of whirl is for a washing machine to go into the spin cycle.
- to move rapidly in a circular manner or as in an orbit; circle swiftly: couples whirling round the dance floor
- to rotate or spin fast; gyrate
- to move, go, drive, etc. swiftly
- to seem to spin; reel: my head is whirling
Origin of whirlMiddle English whirlen from Old Norse hvirfla, akin to hverfa: see whir
- to cause to rotate, revolve, or spin rapidly
- to move, carry, drive, etc. with a rotating motion: the wind whirled the leaves
- Obs. to hurl or throw
- the act of whirling
- a whirling motion
- something whirling or being whirled: a whirl of dust
- a round of parties, etc., one after another
- a tumult; uproar; stir
- a confused or giddy condition: his head in a whirl
Origin of whirlME wherwille < ON hverfill, akin to Ger wirbel
give it a whirl
verbwhirled, whirl·ing, whirls
- To rotate rapidly about a center or an axis; spin.
- To move while rotating or turning about: The dancer whirled across the stage. See Synonyms at turn.
- To turn rapidly, changing direction; wheel: She whirled around to face him.
- To have the sensation of spinning; reel: My head is whirling with data.
- To cause to rotate or turn rapidly: whirl a baton.
- To cause to move with a spinning motion: whirled the ball up into the air.
- To drive at high speed: whirled the motorcycle around the corner.
- Obsolete To hurl.
- The act of rotating or revolving rapidly.
- Something, such as a cloud of dust, that whirls or is whirled.
- A state of confusion; a tumult: The press room was in a whirl.
- A swift succession or round of events: the social whirl.
- A state of mental confusion or giddiness; dizziness: My head is in a whirl.
- Informal A short trip or ride.
- Informal A brief or experimental try: Let's give the plan a whirl.
Origin of whirlMiddle English whirlen probably from Old Norse hvirfla
(third-person singular simple present whirls, present participle whirling, simple past and past participle whirled)
- (intransitive) To rotate, revolve, spin or turn rapidly.
- The dancer whirled across the stage, stopped, and whirled around to face the audience.
- (intransitive) To have a sensation of spinning or reeling.
- My head is whirling after all that drink.
- To make something or someone whirl.
- The dancer whirled his partner round on her toes.
- To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch.
Old Norse: hvirfla ("to go round, spin"). Cognate to Albanian vorbull ("a whirl"). Related to whirr.