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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtwɜː(ɹ)l/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)l

NounEdit

twirl (plural twirls)

  1. A movement where a person spins round elegantly; a pirouette.
  2. Any swift, elegant rotating movement.
    The conductor gave his baton a twirl, and the orchestra began to play.
  3. A little twist of some substance; a swirl.
    • 1969, The South African Sugar Journal (volume 53, page 51)
      Place the cream in a piping bag with a fairly large star pipe attached, fill each tartlet with a twirl of cream and top with a strawberry.

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VerbEdit

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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ReferencesEdit

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