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EtymologyEdit

Middle English whirlegigge.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwɜː.lɪ.ɡɪɡ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɝ.lɪ.ɡɪɡ/
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NounEdit

whirligig (plural whirligigs)

  1. Anything that whirls or spins around, such as a toy top or a merry-go-round.
  2. A device incorporating spinning, wind-driven propellers or pinwheels, used as whimsical outdoor decoration in a garden or on a porch.
  3. A whirligig beetle.
  4. A device for punishing prisoners, comprising a wooden cage that rapidly spins around.

QuotationsEdit

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

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