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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14 thoughts on “Word of the Week (WOW) – Whirligig

  1. ‘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.

    1. 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. 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 😉

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