whirligig

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English whirlegigge.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

whirligig (plural whirligigs)

  1. Anything that whirls or spins around, such as a toy top.
  2. A whirligig beetle.
  3. A device for punishing prisoners comprising a wooden cage that rapidly spins around.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1600–1, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
    And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.

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