- 1[intransitive, transitive] to move, or make somebody/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, thoughts, etc. whirl, 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. See related entries: Excitement Word Origin Middle English: the verb probably from Old Norse hvirfla
BrE BrE//wɜːl//; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whirl
BrE BrE//wɜːl//; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrl//he / she / it whirls
BrE BrE//wɜːlz//; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrlz//past simple whirled
BrE BrE//wɜːld//; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrld//past participle whirled
BrE BrE//wɜːld//; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrld//-ing form whirling
BrE BrE//ˈwɜːlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrlɪŋ//Excitement