Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a whirling motion; spinning: leaves awhirl in the wind.
  • adj. Being in a condition suggestive of a whirl, such as a state of excited activity or confusion: "All we could do was just stand there, our minds awhirl with the fluky wonder of it all” ( David Mazel).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. whirling

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a whirl; whirling.

Etymologies

a- +‎ whirl (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dick Stephenson made no further protests, his brain awhirl as he raced to the stables.

    A Little Bush Maid

  • These are handmade in Austria from a single piece of knot-free wood you'll pass them on to your kids, and are as beautiful at rest as they are awhirl.

    Cute Co-Workers

  • If you are deeply disturbed by the sinister implications, both corporate and gustatory, imagine my shock as I reeled out of the supermarket, my mind awhirl with the grisliest of possibilities, only to come upon this terrible scene at the docks, mere minutes away (click to enlarge):

    July « 2009 « Sentence first

  • Rising to see what the commotion was about - having, for reasons of his own, dismissed all his servants for the night - Wilde was confronted by several men dressed as clowns who shouted fragmented lines from Lear's A Book of Nonsense at him, enclosed him in a circle and danced around him until his mind, so he himself says, had been set awhirl with chaos.

    EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT 1/5: The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

  • He took another sip of (by now cooling) coffee and continued reading, though his mind wasn't in it: his head was awhirl with images of Lucy, and he kept returning to the night before, to the words they spoke to each other, to their kiss like a seal of the future ...

    EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT 4/5: The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

  • Or a syndication of gut awhirl in a shell of mother-of-pearl.

    My House In The Middle Of The Ocean

  • His mind was already awhirl with ways to bypass the pacifistic Thrall and the crotchety old Cairne and get the Horde what it needed.

    The Shattering

  • She rested her chin on her hand and stared out the window, her mind awhirl.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • His mind awhirl, Scott wandered through the laboratory and climbed to his old haunt on the rooftop.

    "Power" by Harl Vincent, part 12

  • A darkling plain curved visibly away to a horizon that, at man-height, was a bare three kilometers distant; higher up in the cabin, you could see farther, but that only sharpened the sense of being on a minute ball awhirl among the stars.

    The Clique

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