Definition of whirl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wɜːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrl//
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  1. 1a movement of something spinning round and round a whirl of dust (figurative) Her mind was in a whirl (= in a state of confusion or excitement).
  2. 2a number of activities or events happening one after the other Her life was one long whirl of parties. It's easy to get caught up in the social whirl. The next few hours passed by in a whirl of activity.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: the verb probably from Old Norse hvirfla ‘turn about’; the noun partly from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wervel ‘spindle’, or from Old Norse hvirfill ‘circle’, from a Germanic base meaning ‘rotate’.Idioms (informal) to try something to see if you like it or can do it I’m not sure I’ll like skiing, but I’ll give it a whirl.
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