1A column of air moving rapidly round and round in a cylindrical or funnel shape.
- 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.
1.1Used with reference to a very energetic person or a tumultuous 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.
bedlam, madhouse, mayhem, maelstrom, babel, chaos, pandemonium, uproar, turmoil, turbulence, swirl, tumult, hurly-burly, commotion, disorder, jumble, disarray, confusion, seething mass, welter
informal all hell broken loose
North American three-ring circus
rapid, lightning, overnight, instant, headlong, impulsive, breakneck, whistle-stop, fast-track, accelerated, meteoric, sudden, swift, fast, quick, speedy
(sow the wind and) reap the whirlwind
- Suffer serious consequences as a result of one’s actions.With biblical allusion to Hos. 8:7Example 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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