Definition of twizzle in English:



informal, dialect
  • Spin or cause to spin around.

    • ‘As he spun tracks from Can, The Beach Boys, Tim Buckley's ‘Star Sailor’ and Scott Walker's ‘Tilt’, a million car-radio dials twizzled away, never to return.’
    • ‘He thoughtfully twizzled his thinning grey beard and fell silent for a long time. A very long time.’
    • ‘Sir Harvey twizzled his monster moustache and sipped his favourite drink: strong tea with four lumps!’
    • ‘With all those heads twizzling by and all manner of human flotsam and jetsam floating by it is often impossible to keep your finger on the pulse of things.’
    • ‘He twizzled about in his chair and fished a bulky brown envelope, waving it victoriously as he turned back around.’


informal, dialect
  • A twisting or spinning movement.

    • ‘The team moved into the Charleston rhythm with a midline (not touching) step sequence which was fast and and contained lots of turns and twizzles throughout.’
    • ‘The reigning World Junior bronze medalists left a good impression, but their twizzles were a bit out of control.’
    • ‘The reigning Four Continents champions also executed a serpentine lift followed by synchronized twizzles, two curve lifts (one in combination with a rotational lift), a spirited diagonal step sequence, and a nice rotational lift.’
    • ‘Only a small mistake on a twizzle during a footwork sequence kept the Canadians behind the Russians.’
    • ‘The European bronze medalist impressed the crowd with innovative lifts and fast twizzles, scoring 45.90 points for their elements, improving significantly on their previous personal best of 39.60 points.’


Late 18th century: probably imitative, influenced by twist.