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[twurl] /twɜrl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cause to rotate rapidly; spin; revolve; whirl.
2.
to twiddle:
to twirl my thumbs.
3.
to wind idly, as about something.
verb (used without object)
4.
to rotate rapidly; whirl.
5.
to turn quickly so as to face or point in another direction.
noun
6.
an act or instance of twirling; spin; whirl.
7.
something convoluted or having a spiral shape; coil; curl; convolution.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; tw(ist) + (wh)irl
Related forms
untwirled, adjective
untwirling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for twirling

twirl

/twɜːl/
verb
1.
to move or cause to move around rapidly and repeatedly in a circle
2.
(transitive) to twist, wind, or twiddle, often idly she twirled her hair around her finger
3.
(intransitive; often foll by around or about) to turn suddenly to face another way she twirled around angrily to face him
noun
4.
an act of rotating or being rotated; whirl or twist
5.
something wound around or twirled; coil
6.
a written flourish or squiggle
Derived Forms
twirler, noun
Word Origin
C16: perhaps a blend of twist + whirl
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Word Origin and History for twirling

twirl

1590s (n. and v.), of uncertain origin, possibly connected with Old English þwirl "a stirrer." Or else a blend of twist and whirl. Related: Twirled; twirling.

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