whirligig (plural whirligigs)
- Anything that whirls or spins around, such as a toy top or a merry-go-round.
- A device incorporating spinning, wind-driven propellers or pinwheels, used as whimsical outdoor decoration in a garden or on a porch.
- A whirligig beetle.
- A device for punishing prisoners, comprising a wooden cage that rapidly spins around.
- 1600–1, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
- And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.