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French translation of 'whirl'

Word Frequency


1.  tourbillon m
2.  (exciting, active time)
a whirl of activity une débauche d’activité
a social whirl un tourbillon de mondanités
my mind is in a whirl la tête me tourne
to give sth a whirl (informal) (try) essayer qch
transitive verb
[person] faire tournoyer
[snow, dust] faire tourbillonner
intransitive verb
1.  (swirl) [snow, dust] tourbillonner
whirling snow de la neige tourbillonnante
2.  (rotate quickly) [blades, arms] tournoyer
Phrasal verbs
whirl around

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Example Sentences Including 'whirl'

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He felt as if he were whirling about in a vortex.
Adam Sisman The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge (2006)
While the boardroom vacuum persists, though, takeover speculation will continue to whirl around the company.
Times, Sunday Times (2015)
And it's not such a social whirl, really.
The Sun (2012)
He takes on a brand that has kept on moving forward, staying at the heart of the Manhattan social whirl.
Times, Sunday Times (2014)
They've been chosen as subjects because they whirl around in a chaos of self-destruction.
Times, Sunday Times (2009)
They've been whirling around the rink all week in preparation, but whose moves will light up the ice panel?
The Sun (2013)
He doesn't need to go to university for the social whirl because he's already got that here.
Times, Sunday Times (2006)
He is a reassuringly solid point in the social whirl.
Times, Sunday Times (2013)
I often wake in the night with worries whirling around my head and cannot go back to sleep.
Times, Sunday Times (2006)
In the morning the place is a whirl of activity.
Times, Sunday Times (2007)
It was not really a holiday, just a big social whirl, but that was what you did for a holiday then.
Times, Sunday Times (2007)
The next four minutes are a whirl of high-octane activity.
Times, Sunday Times (2013)
In an increasingly cyber world, the secret of happiness is probably just getting out there and giving real life a whirl.
Times, Sunday Times (2010)
It was all one big social whirl.
Times, Sunday Times (2011)
It's just whirling round and round from Antarctica.
Times, Sunday Times (2009)
The first few hours were a whirl of activity.
Jan Fennell FRIENDS FOR LIFE (2003)

Trends of 'whirl'

Used Occasionally. whirl is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary

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'whirl' in Other Languages

British English: whirl VERB
If something or someone whirls around or if you whirl them around, they move around or turn around very quickly.
Not receiving an answer, she whirled round.
  • American English: whirl
  • Brazilian Portuguese: fazer girar
  • Chinese: 快速旋转
  • European Spanish: dar vueltas
  • French: virevolter
  • German: wirbeln
  • Italian: girarsi di scatto
  • Japanese: ぐるぐる回す/ぐるぐる回る
  • Korean: 빙빙 돌리다
  • European Portuguese: fazer girar
  • Spanish: dar vueltas


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