- (British) IPA: /wɜːl/ or IPA: /ʍɜːl/ (some Welsh and English accents)
- (America) enPR: wûrl, IPA: /wɝl/ or enPR: hwûrl, IPA: /ʍɝl/ (some Welsh and English accents)
- (Scotland, Ireland) IPA: /ʍɪɾ(ə̯)l/
whirl (whirls, present participle whirling; past and past participle whirled)
- (intransitive) To rotate, revolve, spin or turn rapidly.
- The dancer whirled across the stage, stopped, and whirled around to face the audience.
- He whirls his sword around without delay.
- 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- The house whirled around two or three times and rose slowly through the air. Dorothy felt as if she were going up in a balloon.
- (intransitive) To have a sensation of spinning or reeling.
- My head is whirling after all that drink.
- (transitive) To make something or someone whirl.
- The dancer whirled his partner round on her toes.
- (transitive) To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch.
- c. 1630, John Milton, “The Passion”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, […] , London: Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely, […], published 1645, OCLC 606951673 ↗:
- See, see the chariot, and those rushing wheels, / That whirled the prophet up at Chebar flood.
- 1855, Alfred Tennyson, “(please specify the page number(s))”, in Maud, and Other Poems, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 1013215631 ↗:
- The passionate heart of the poet is whirl'd into folly.
whirl (plural whirls)
- An act of whirling.
- She gave the top a whirl and it spun across the floor.
- Something that whirls.
- A confused tumult.
- A rapid series of events.
- My life is one social whirl.
- Dizziness or giddiness.
- My mind was in a whirl.
- (informal) qual usually following “give” A brief experiment or trial.
- OK, let's give it a whirl.
- German: Strudel