Definition of whirlwind in English:

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whirlwind

Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wərlˌwind/

noun

1A column of air moving rapidly around and around in a cylindrical or funnel shape.
Example sentences
  • They can cause dust devils and whirlwinds, though these are nothing when compared to the immense dust storms that can occur.
  • For a desert people winds, rain, thunder, lightening, hurricanes, thunderbolts, whirlwinds, and other meteorological phenomena held tremendous fascination.
  • He explained whirlwinds were formed in storm clouds.
Synonyms
1.1Used in similes and metaphors to describe a very energetic or tumultuous person or process: a whirlwind of activity [as modifier]: a whirlwind romance
More example sentences
  • A lovestruck South African and a Rochdale bachelor have married after a whirlwind romance over the internet.
  • It was a whirlwind romance little approved of by her family.
  • The couple enjoyed a whirlwind romance after meeting each other in a Los Angeles hotel lobby in February.
Synonyms
maelstrom, welter, bedlam, mayhem, babel, swirl, tumult, hurly-burly, commotion, confusion
informal madhouse, three-ring circus
rapid, lightning, headlong, impulsive, breakneck, meteoric, sudden, swift, fast, quick, speedy, dizzying
informal quickie

Phrases

(sow the wind and) reap the whirlwind

Suffer serious consequences as a result of one’s actions.
With biblical allusion to Hos. 8:7
Example sentences
  • He has has sowed the wind and is now reaping the whirlwind.
  • The scandalous CEOs have pushed us too far, and finally are reaping the whirlwind of public fury.
  • The vintners ignored my advice and now they are reaping the whirlwind.

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Syllabification: whirl·wind

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