from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To rotate or revolve briskly; swing in a circle; spin: twirled a baton to lead the band.
- transitive v. To twist or wind around: twirl thread on a spindle.
- intransitive v. To move or spin around rapidly, suddenly, or repeatedly: The pinwheel twirled in the breeze.
- intransitive v. To whirl or turn suddenly; make an about-face: twirled in the direction of the noise.
- intransitive v. Baseball To pitch.
- n. The act of twirling or the condition of being twirled; a quick spinning or twisting.
- n. Something twirled; a twist: a twirl of cotton candy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A movement where one spins round elegantly; a pirouette.
- v. To perform a twirl.
- v. To rotate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To move or turn round rapidly; to whirl round; to move and turn rapidly with the fingers.
- intransitive v. To revolve with velocity; to be whirled round rapidly.
- n. The act of twirling; a rapid circular motion; a whirl or whirling; quick rotation.
- n. A twist; a convolution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to revolve rapidly; spin; whirl; turn round and round, usually in an idle, purposeless way; twiddle.
- To move round; especially, to revolve rapidly; be whirled about.
- To twine; wind; coil; curl.
- n. A rapid circular motion.
- n. A twist; a convolution; a curl; a flourish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
- n. the act of rotating rapidly
- v. turn in a twisting or spinning motion
- v. cause to spin
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Of Scandinavian origin, akin to Norwegian tvirla, Old High German dweran (German zwirlen, quirlen) and Icelandic þyrill (Wiktionary)