English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'whirl'

(verb) 
Definition
to spin or turn round very fast
Hearing a sound behind her, she whirled round.
Synonyms
spin
The Earth spins on its own axis.
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turn
As the wheel turned, the potter shaped the clay.
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circle
There were two helicopters circling around.
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wheel
I wheeled around to face her.
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twist
He fell and twisted his ankle.
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rotate
The earth rotates round the sun.
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pivot
The boat pivoted on its central axis.
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twirl
Several hundred people twirl around the dance floor.
(verb) 
Definition
to spin or turn round very fast
The smoke whirled and grew into a monstrous column.
Synonyms
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roll
The car went off the road and rolled over into a ditch.
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twist
Hold your arms straight out and twist to the right and left.
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revolve
The entire circle revolved slowly.
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swirl
She smiled, swirling the wine in her glass.
The water swirled around his legs.
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gyrate
The aeroplane was gyrating about in the sky in a most alarming fashion.
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pirouette
She pirouetted in front of the mirror.
(verb) 
Definition
to seem to spin from dizziness or confusion
My head whirled in a giddiness like that of intoxication.
Synonyms
feel dizzy
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swim
The musty aroma of the incense made her head swim.
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spin
My head was spinning from the fall.
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reel
The room reeled and I jammed my head down.
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go round
(noun) 
Definition
the act or an instance of whirling
the whirl of snowflakes in the wind
Synonyms
revolution
The gear drives a wheel 1/10th revolution per cycle.
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turn
The rear sprocket will turn only twice for one turn of the pedals.
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roll
Control the roll of the ball.
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spin
a spin of the roulette wheel
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twist
The bag is resealed with a simple twist of the valve.
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rotation
the daily rotation of the earth upon its axis
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twirl
with a twirl of his silver-handled cane
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pirouette
a ballerina famous for her pirouettes
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gyration
He continued his enthusiastic gyrations on stage.
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birl (Scottish)
(noun) 
Definition
a round of intense activity
Her life is one long whirl of adventures.
Synonyms
bustle
the hustle and bustle of modern life
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round
This is the latest round of job cuts.
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series
a series of explosions
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succession
He took a succession of jobs which have stood him in good stead.
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flurry
There was a flurry of excitement.
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merry-go-round
a merry-go-round of ceremonies and parties
(noun) 
Definition
a confused state
My thoughts are in a complete whirl.
Synonyms
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daze
I was walking around in a daze.
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dither mainly British)
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(noun) 
Definition
a confused state
I was caught up in a terrible whirl of emotion.
Synonyms
tumult
the recent tumult in global financial markets
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spin (informal)
Think twice about going for a spin by the light of the silvery moon.
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stir
His film has caused a stir in America.
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agitation
She was in a state of emotional agitation.
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commotion
He heard a terrible commotion outside.
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hurly-burly
the hurly-burly of modern city life

Additional synonyms

in the sense of agitation
She was in a state of emotional agitation.
in the sense of circle
Definition
to move in a circle (around)
There were two helicopters circling around.
in the sense of commotion
Definition
noisy disturbance
He heard a terrible commotion outside.

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