- 1[intransitive, transitive] to move, or make someone or something move, around quickly in a circle or in a particular direction synonym spin (+ adv./prep.) Leaves whirled in the wind. She whirled around to face him. the whirling blades of the helicopter whirl somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) Tom whirled her across the dance floor.
- 2[intransitive] if your mind, brain, etc. whirls, you feel confused and excited and cannot think clearly synonym reel I couldn't sleep—my mind was whirling from all that had happened. So many thoughts whirled around in her mind.
NAmE//wərl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whirl
he / she / it whirls
past simple whirled
-ing form whirling