twirl

[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; tw(ist) + (wh)irl
Related forms
untwirled, adjective
untwirling, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for un-twirling
twirl (twɜːl)
 
vb
1.  to move or cause to move around rapidly and repeatedly in a circle
2.  (tr) to twist, wind, or twiddle, often idly: she twirled her hair around her finger
3.  (intr; often foll by around or about) to turn suddenly to face another way: she twirled around angrily to face him
 
n
4.  an act of rotating or being rotated; whirl or twist
5.  something wound around or twirled; coil
6.  a written flourish or squiggle
 
[C16: perhaps a blend of twist + whirl]
 
'twirler
 
n

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Word Origin and History for un-twirling
twirl
1598 (n. and v.), of uncertain origin, possibly connected with O.E. þwirl "a stirrer." Or else a blend of twist and whirl.
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