• (British) IPA: /ˈtwɜː(ɹ)l/

twirl (plural twirls)

  1. A movement where a person spins round elegantly; a pirouette.
  2. Any rotating movement; a spin].
    The conductor gave his baton a twirl, and the orchestra began to play.
  3. A little twist of some substance; a swirl.
    • 1969, The South African Sugar Journal (volume 53, page 51)
      Place the cream in a piping bag with a fairly large star pipe attached, fill each tartlet with a twirl of cream and top with a strawberry.
  4. (slang) A prison guard.
    Synonyms: screw
    • 1958, Frank Norman, Bang to rights: an account of prison life (page 67)
      Which was in the main childishness and pettiness, the reason for this was that most of the twirls and the governors had […]
Translations Verb

twirl (twirls, present participle twirling; past and past participle twirled)

  1. (intransitive) To perform a twirl.
  2. (transitive) To rotate rapidly.
    • See ruddy maids, / Some taught with dexterous hand to twirl the wheel.
    • No more beneath soft eve's consenting star / Fandango twirls his jocund castanet.
  3. (transitive) To twist round.
  • German: einen Wirbel vollführen
  • Russian: кружи́ться
  • French: tournoyer
  • German: herumwirbeln, schnell herumdrehen
  • Russian: враща́ть
  • Spanish: girar

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