twirl

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of Scandinavian origin, akin to Norwegian tvirla, Old High German dweran[1] (German zwirlen, quirlen) and Icelandic þyrill[2]

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Noun[edit]

twirl (plural twirls)

  1. A movement where one spins round elegantly; a pirouette.

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Verb[edit]

twirl (third-person singular simple present twirls, present participle twirling, simple past and past participle twirled)

  1. (intransitive) To perform a twirl.
  2. (transitive) To rotate rapidly.
    • Dodsley
      See ruddy maids, / Some taught with dexterous hand to twirl the wheel.
    • Byron
      No more beneath soft eve's consenting star / Fandango twirls his jocund castanet.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Etymology in Merriam Webster's Dictionary
  2. ^ Germanic cognates