- 1[intransitive, transitive] twirl (somebody) (around/round) to move or dance round and round; to make somebody do this She twirled around in front of the mirror. He held her hand and twirled her around.
- 2[transitive] twirl something (around/about) to make something turn quickly and lightly round and round synonym spin He twirled his hat in his hand. She sat twirling the stem of the glass in her fingers.
- 3[transitive] twirl something to twist or curl something with your fingers He kept twirling his moustache. Word Origin late 16th cent.: probably an alteration (by association with whirl) of tirl, a variant of archaic trill ‘twiddle, spin’.
BrE BrE//twɜːl//; NAmE NAmE//twɜːrl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they twirl
BrE BrE//twɜːl//; NAmE NAmE//twɜːrl//he / she / it twirls
BrE BrE//twɜːlz//; NAmE NAmE//twɜːrlz//past simple twirled
BrE BrE//twɜːld//; NAmE NAmE//twɜːrld//past participle twirled
BrE BrE//twɜːld//; NAmE NAmE//twɜːrld//-ing form twirling
BrE BrE//ˈtwɜːlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɜːrlɪŋ//