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Meaning of WHIRLIGIG

Pronunciation:  'wurlugig

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  large mechanical apparatus with seats for children to ride on
  2. [n]  a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin; "he got a bright red top and string for his birthday"
  3. [v]  whirl or spin like a whirligig

WHIRLIGIG is a 9 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: carousel, carrousel, merry-go-round, roundabout, spinning top, teetotum, top
 See Also: gyrate, humming top, peg top, plaything, reel, ride, spin, spin around, toy, whip top, whipping top, whirl



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Whirl"i*gig\, n. [Whirl + gig.]
1. A child's toy, spun or whirled around like a wheel upon an
   axis, or like a top. --Johnson.

2. Anything which whirls around, or in which persons or
   things are whirled about, as a frame with seats or wooden

         With a whirligig of jubilant mosquitoes spinning
         about each head.                      --G. W. Cable.

3. A medi[ae]val instrument for punishing petty offenders,
   being a kind of wooden cage turning on a pivot, in which
   the offender was whirled round with great velocity.

4. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of beetles
   belonging to {Gyrinus} and allied genera. The body is
   firm, oval or boatlike in form, and usually dark colored
   with a bronzelike luster. These beetles live mostly on the
   surface of water, and move about with great celerity in a
   gyrating, or circular, manner, but they are also able to
   dive and swim rapidly. The larva is aquatic. Called also
   {weaver}, {whirlwig}, and {whirlwig beetle}.