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British English: /wəːl/
American English: /(h)wərl/

Translation of whirl in German:

transitive verb

  • 1 (rotate)
    [im Kreis] herumwirbeln
  • 3 (convey rapidly)
    in Windeseile fahren
    the train whirled us to our destination
    der Zug brachte uns in Windeseile ans Ziel

intransitive verb

  • 1 (rotate) whirling dervish
    tanzender Derwisch
  • 2 (move swiftly)
    (with circling motion) wirbeln
    I could see the leaves whirling in the wind
    ich sah, wie die Blätter vom Wind herumgewirbelt wurden
  • 3 [figurative] (reel)everything/the room whirled about me
    mir drehte sich alles/das Zimmer drehte sich vor meinen Augen
    the excitements of the city made her head whirl
    von den aufregenden Eindrücken der Stadt wirbelte od. schwirrte ihr der Kopf


  • 1
    Wirbeln Neutr.
    the wind threw up a whirl of leaves/sand
    der Wind wirbelte Blätter/Sand auf
    she was or her thoughts were or her head was in a whirl [figurative]
    ihr schwirrte der Kopf
  • 2 (bustle)
    Trubel Mask.
    her dull life suddenly became a whirl of activity
    ihr eintöniges Leben war plötzlich voller Trubel und Betriebsamkeit
    the social whirl
    der Trubel des gesellschaftlichen Lebens
  • 3 [informal] (attempt)give somebody/something a whirl
    jemanden/etwas mal probieren

Phrasal verbs

whirl about

transitive verb
intransitive verb
sich tummeln

whirl along

transitive verb
whirl somebody along
mit jemandem dahinsausen
intransitive verb

whirl around

whirl about

whirl away

whirl off
transitive verb
in Windeseile wegfahren
whirl somebody off or away somewhere
jemanden in Windeseile irgendwohin bringen
intransitive verb

whirl round

transitive verb
[im Kreis] herumwirbeln
intransitive verb
[im Kreis] herumwirbeln
(Rad, Rotor, Strudel)
the leaf whirled round as it fell
das Blatt drehte sich im Fall in einem Wirbel

whirl up

transitive verb

Definition of whirl in:

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