/swɜl / (say swerl)

verb (i)
1. to move about or along with a whirling motion; whirl; eddy.
2. to be dizzy or giddy, or swim, as the head.
verb (t)
3. to cause to swirl or whirl; twist.
4. a swirling movement; a whirl; an eddy.
5. a twist, as of hair about the head or of trimming on a hat.
6. a pattern created by a whirling movement, as in icing, painting, etc.
{late Middle English (Scottish); probably related to Norwegian dialect svirla, Dutch zwirrelen whirl, German dialect schwirrlen totter}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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