(noun, verb)


1. confused movement

- he was caught up in a whirl of work

Similar word(s): commotion

Definition categories: event, motion, movement

2. the shape of something rotating rapidly

Similar word(s): convolution, swirl, vortex

Definition categories: shape

3. a usually brief attempt

- I gave it a whirl

Similar word(s): crack, fling, go, offer, pass

Definition categories: act, attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

4. the act of rotating rapidly

Similar word(s): spin, twirl, twist, twisting

Definition categories: act, rotation

Sentences with whirl as a noun:

- She gave the top a whirl and it spun across the floor.

- My life is one social whirl.

- OK, let's give it a whirl.


1. turn in a twisting or spinning motion

Similar word(s): swirl, twiddle, twirl

Definition categories: motion, revolve, rotate

2. cause to spin

Similar word(s): spin, twirl

Definition categories: motion, circumvolve, rotate

3. flow in a circular current, of liquids

Similar word(s): eddy, purl, swirl, whirlpool

Definition categories: motion, course, feed, flow, run

4. revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis

- The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy

Similar word(s): gyrate, reel, spin

Definition categories: motion, revolve, rotate

5. fly around

- rising smoke whirled in the air

Similar word(s): tumble

Definition categories: motion, move

Sentences with whirl as a verb:

- The dancer whirled across the stage, stopped, and whirled around to face the audience.

- My head is whirling after all that drink.

- The dancer whirled his partner round on her toes.