Meaning of SWIRL in English

I. ˈswərl, esp before pause or consonant ˈswər.əl; ˈswə̄l, ˈswəil noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English (Scots); probably of imitative origin


a. : a whirling mass or motion (as of water, air, dust) : eddy , vortex

b. : a state of whirling confusion

a swirl of voices

swirl of events

2. : a spiraling shape or mark (as on fur or in the grain of wood) suggesting an eddy : convolution

icing … spread in rich creamy swirls — Patricia Benn

3. : an act or instance of swirling

filled my glass … and gave it a gentle swirl to spread the bouquet — Joseph Wechsberg

the swirl and splash of pickerel — American Guide Series: Maine

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb


a. : to move with an eddying or whirling motion

water that heaved and swirled and gurgled as the ferries slid in and out — Thomas Wood †1950

b. : to flow turbulently as if in eddies : pass in whirling confusion

a topic about which there has swirled much talk and few facts — C.R.Rogers

2. : to have a twist or convolution

prefers back hair … luxuriant enough to swirl snugly across the back — Lois Long

transitive verb

: to cause to swirl

swirled the brandy around in the huge goblet — J.B.Benefield

Synonyms: see turn

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