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

Translation of whirl in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1 (spin)
    dar vueltas
    dar vueltas
    the sails of the windmill were whirling around and around
    las aspas del molino giraban sin parar
    my head was giddy, the room was whirling
    estaba mareado, todo me daba vueltas
    Example sentences
    • The wind whistled through the trees, making the leaves whirl round Tanon's head.
    • Will I soon be going to Tea Dances at the village hall, whirling Mrs Skidmore round in a slow waltz in between the cups of weak Typhoo and the Garibaldi biscuits?
    • She kicked off her sandals and we started dancing; me whirling her round and round while her bare feet flew frivolously over the grass.
    Example sentences
    • It seemed as though her body was dissolving, and as the potency rose, that her mind was whirling, spinning free of her.
    • I stared out the window, my mind spinning and whirling.
    • He was once again stoic and calculating, the face was blank, but she could sense that behind it his mind was whirling.
  • 2 (move fast) (+ adverb complement) she whirled past on her bike
    pasó en su bicicleta como una exhalación
    he whirled around
    se dio media vuelta rápidamente
    Example sentences
    • He slammed the brakes as the world whirled around and past him.
    • Whole afternoons must whirl past in a daze at Highgrove with hundreds of people rushing about.
    • The world whirled past me in a blur, and I didn't stop for anything.

transitive verb + adverb complement

  • 1 (spin)
    hacer girar
    the boat was whirled around by the current
    la corriente hacía girar el bote
    the wind whirled the dust into the air
    el viento levantaba remolinos de polvo
  • 2 (convey quickly)
    llevar (rápidamente)
    he whirled us off to a nightclub
    nos llevó a un club nocturno


  • (turn) the social whirl
    el ajetreo de la vida social
    my head was in a whirl
    mi cabeza era un torbellino
    la cabeza me daba vueltas
    he was in a whirl
    estaba totalmente confundido
    to give something a whirl [colloquial]let's give it a whirl
    hagamos la prueba
    Example sentences
    • The tempestuous whirl of circum-Antarctic waters is also responsible for their being among the most fertile in the world.
    • The rainbows of colour scattered around the room coupled with the whirl of the spinning wheels when they are put into motion is an amazing combination and makes for a very comfortable atmosphere.
    • The whirl of snow rises up next to me becoming bigger than life, completely engulfs me and quickly passes over.
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