Definition of twirl in English:



  • 1 Spin quickly and lightly round, especially repeatedly.

    ‘she twirled in delight to show off her new dress’
    • ‘From time to time, Russian dancers clad in national costume would pop up to dance between the tables, somehow reminiscent of a doll twirling round and round inside a music box.’
    • ‘I quickly twirled back around to face my other three enemies.’
    • ‘I ran through the rain, twirling, spinning, skipping and feeling completely safe in the world.’
    • ‘Obviously a boy who appreciates a big stage when he sees one, Jack danced and twirled and spun with abandon, much to the delight of the photographers.’
    • ‘Her face was drenched with sweat from twirling and spinning and leaping and jumping.’
    • ‘Alex jumped a foot forward suddenly, twirling around just as quickly and landing in a defensive stance.’
    • ‘She twirled in front of the mirror and watched the skirt flare out.’
    • ‘The magical girl twirled and spun through the air with a natural grace, which she had achieved after only a day of intense practice.’
    • ‘With two hands she sipped the warm, filling chocolate and watched the heavy snowdrops from the clouds twirl down quickly to the ground.’
    • ‘She looked absolutely radiant with joy in her period dress, spinning and twirling on the floor.’
    • ‘I twirl and I spin and I stick one leg out of the water and pretend I am really graceful.’
    • ‘Miranda leaped and ran, spun and twirled, flew and soared to the sound of Mario's violin.’
    • ‘She glided over the dance steps smoothly, twirling quickly.’
    • ‘Flower petals danced across the scene, and twirled through the air.’
    • ‘We jumped around and around, hands linked as we twirled around the room.’
    • ‘Leaves twirled through the air, but there was no breeze.’
    • ‘Soon she was twirling and dancing so quickly that it was hard for Adrianna's eyes to keep up.’
    • ‘Red and purple hangings hung from gold walls, and the dancers twirled round and round.’
    • ‘I twirled on my toes, trying to imitate a ballerina.’
    • ‘Dancing and twirling sadly, spinning and swaying softly, she made this her dance of hope.’
    pirouette, whirl, wheel, gyrate, pivot, swivel
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    1. 1.1[with object]Cause to rotate.
      ‘she twirled her fork in the pasta’
      • ‘Corrina picked up her fork and twirled it around in her salad, never once raising the food to her mouth.’
      • ‘The truth is the thing that I excel at in the most is actually baton twirling.’
      • ‘"Egypt, along the Nile River, " she said, nervously twirling her hair.’
      • ‘His black gloved fingers twirled his substantial black moustache.’
      • ‘Deliphine was then twirling the sword with her hands and with one swift movement, she pointed it at him.’
      • ‘He absent-mindedly twirled a lock of crimson hair around his finger.’
      • ‘Bored, Emily props her chin up with right hand, absently twirling her hair with the left.’
      • ‘She gave me a smile as I picked up my fork and started twirling it.’
      • ‘Lexa frowned thoughtfully, absently twirling a few strands of dark brown hair between her fingers as she walked.’
      • ‘The reporter frowned and idly twirled a black curl between her fingers.’
      • ‘I sighed, absent-mindedly twirling a lock of hair around a finger.’
      • ‘Sarah idly twirled the white gold band on her wedding finger.’
      • ‘The swordsman then twirled the sword in his hands, and raised it high.’
      • ‘The swordsman reached up and gently twirled a lock of her long hair around his finger.’
      • ‘She twirled the umbrella by rolling it in the palms of her hands.’
      • ‘Anna reached up and absent-mindedly twirled her finger around one of her golden curls.’
      • ‘We knew the Calvin who worked with kids, organized basketball camps and taught baton twirling.’
      • ‘My long cream coloured fingers twirled a black pen, idly, while I thought about home.’
      • ‘‘I am,’ said Jacqueline, twirling her fork in her fingers, but not actually touching the food.’
      • ‘Livi laughed, idly twirling a strand of her hair around her finger.’
      wind, twist, coil, curl, wrap
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  • 1An act of spinning.

    ‘Kate did a twirl in front of the mirror’
    • ‘I kept on skating ahead of him, gathering more and more momentum and doing a complex combination of twirls, spins, and turns.’
    • ‘My heart became its own circus act, doing several summersaults and then some twirls and a back flip or two, when I heard the sound of her flowing voice.’
    • ‘I ran to the kitchen, and I turned, and I did a complete twirl and fell against the wall.’
    • ‘Turning on her heel Sheasa did a twirl and stabbed the air.’
    • ‘The moves they showed me contained many spins, twirls and slashes that looked like they would harm themselves with, but they pulled off easily.’
    • ‘She did one final twirl for herself in front of the mirror before smiling to herself again and walking to the door carefully in her tall black pump heels.’
    • ‘Then, with a twirl on her heel, he turned around and walked off in the opposite direction to where Terr'ach was going.’
    • ‘The cherry blossoms danced in random loops and twirls before resting on the grass below our feet.’
    • ‘The early shorts show off his great dervishing twirls and kicks.’
    • ‘Little girls were doing little twirls with the dancing Angelina Ballerina.’
    • ‘I performed a few perfunctory twirls and made good my escape.’
    • ‘The girls were expected to follow pretty complicated choreographed dance and exercise sequences - and one by one they came forward to perform back flips, twirls and even the splits.’
    • ‘The more you practice, the more complicated moves you'll be able to do, like turns and twirls.’
    • ‘He caught her out of her twirl and pulled her close to him in front of a camera, making them look like a couple before kissing her cheek, cameras flashing all the while.’
    • ‘When he released her she turned around and did a twirl to show off her present.’
    • ‘A quick twirl of the moustache and I'm off to The Pub, If I don't write again, have a very Happy Christmas.’
    • ‘I gave a modeling twirl, hair swishing about my shoulders as I turned.’
    • ‘Laura looked at the food and felt her stomach do twirls and twists.’
    • ‘We exited the atmosphere perfectly with a few bumps and twirls.’
    • ‘‘You can turn around now,’ I said and did a twirl for Kaiek.’
    pirouette, spin, whirl, turn
    twist, rotation, revolution, gyration
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    1. 1.1A spiralling or swirling shape, especially a flourish made with a pen.
      ‘on the lid was a name written in old-fashioned twirls’
      • ‘He spends his free time pacing back and forth the bridge, stroking the ridges and twirls in the metalwork with his dull black eyes.’
      • ‘A telltale sign of both species are the intricate spirals and twirls of their spawn on the base of individual blades of eel-grass, and these will often lead you to the perpetrator.’
      • ‘His waxed moustache had turned into perfect twirls at their ends.’
      • ‘Her name in an exquisite, flowing script glistened back at her, the letters furling and flourishing themselves in elegant swirls and twirls.’


Late 16th century: probably an alteration (by association with whirl) of tirl, a variant of archaic trill ‘twiddle, spin’.