Definition of swirl verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

swirl

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//swɜːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɜːrl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swirl
BrE BrE//swɜːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɜːrl//
 
he / she / it swirls
BrE BrE//swɜːlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɜːrlz//
 
past simple swirled
BrE BrE//swɜːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɜːrld//
 
past participle swirled
BrE BrE//swɜːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɜːrld//
 
-ing form swirling
BrE BrE//ˈswɜːlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɜːrlɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to move around quickly in a circle; to make something do this (+ adv./prep.) The water swirled down the drain. A long skirt swirled around her ankles. swirling mists swirl something (+ adv./prep.) He took a mouthful of water and swirled it around his mouth. Word Origin late Middle English (originally Scots in the sense ‘whirlpool’): perhaps of Low German or Dutch origin; compare with Dutch zwirrelen ‘to whirl’.
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