Word of the Week (WOW) – Whirligig

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Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link).

I’m up to the letter W this week so I’ll be looking for a good word beginning with X

So, here is my WOW for this week:

whirligig

 Word: 

Whirligig

Pronunciation

whirl·i·gig

[hwur-li-gig]

Audio Link: 

Whirligig

Part of Speech: 

Noun

Related Forms:

Verb: whirligig

 Meaning:

1. Any spinning toy, such as a top

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Spinning top bought in Prague by Philippe Teuen from Belgium. Commons

2. A carousel; a merry-go-round

Carousel on London's Southy Bank during a summer festival. Photo: Andrew Dunn. Commons

Carousel on London’s Southy Bank during a summer festival. Photo: Andrew Dunn. Commons

3. Something that continuously whirls, spins or moves in a circular or giddy way (e.g. the whirligig of social life or a windmill)

Windmill at Marsh Hill, Thornton, Lancs. Author Roger W. Haworth, uploaded by Hohum. Commons

Windmill at Marsh Hill, Thornton, Lancs. Author Roger W. Haworth, uploaded by Hohum. Commons

4. A whirligig beetle (a small, black, predatory beetle which swims rapidly in circles on the surface of still or slow-moving water and dives when alarmed).

Whirligig beetle, Gyrinus natador. Author Edmund Reitter 91845-19209

Whirligig beetle, Gyrinus natador. Author Edmund Reitter 1845-1920.

Synonyms:

1. spinning top, humming top, whipping top, peg top,teetotum, plaything

2. merry-go-round, roundabout, fairground ride

3. (As a verb): spin, spin around, gyrate, reel, whirl, pirouette, spiral, rotate, roll, circle

4. beetle, water beetle, insect, bug

Antonyms: 

None

Word Origin:

Mid-15c: a child’s toy, from whirl (v) + gig (n). Meaning (‘anything in constant motion’ from the 1580s; ‘fickle flighty person’ is from 1600; a type of water beetle from 1713.

Use in a Sentence:

1. ‘Look at that whirligig up there in the sky!’ Susan said to her six year old son.

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Search and rescue helicopter in Florida. Uploaded by Versageek. Commons 

2. Doing the firm’s financial accounts left Marcia’s mind a complete whirligig.

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3. It has often been said that Time is a whirligig and that all things come round again at some point, including fashions.

Wooden hourglass. Author: User: S. Sepp. Commons

Wooden hourglass. Author: User: S. Sepp. Commons

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About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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14 Responses to Word of the Week (WOW) – Whirligig

  1. exiledprospero says:

    ‘Quixotic’ was stolen from you (after which you spent weeks in therapy) and now you are trying to make up for it by invoking windmills. I think it will work, Millie.

    • milliethom says:

      Ah, yes. Windmills are rather therapeutic. They look wonderful against the skyline and the constant motion of the sails is so… well, sort of hypnotic. I think I’m over the loss of quixotic now, Prospero. As you rightly say, recovery was a long process.

  2. smilecalm says:

    going out for my cycle
    round about town
    in hopes of that
    whirligig feeling 🙂

  3. scrapydo2.wordpress.com says:

    Sound of the word gives the feeling of what the object is and it is about!

  4. Bekki Hill says:

    I call the thing I hang my washing on a whirligig and every time I do I question if it’s a real word. So glad you’ve cleared that up. Mind for W I would have gone for Wobble or even Wibble, said in a Rowan Atkinson way with a pencil stuck up each nostril 😉

  5. Another cool word Millie!

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