twirl

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twirl / twərl/ • v. [intr.] spin quickly and lightly around, esp. repeatedly: she twirled in delight to show off her new dress. ∎  [tr.] cause to rotate: she twirled her fork in the pasta. ∎  [tr.] Baseball pitch (the ball). • n. an act of spinning: Kate did a twirl in front of the mirror. ∎  a spiraling or swirling shape, esp. a flourish made with a pen. DERIVATIVES: twirl·er n. twirl·y adj.