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

     

    twirl

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    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 3[transitive] twirl something to twist or curl something with your fingers He kept twirling his moustache.
  4. Word Origin late 16th cent.: probably an alteration (by association with whirl) of tirl, a variant of archaic trill ‘twiddle, spin’.
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