1 [intransitive and transitive]
to move around quickly in a twisting circular movement, or to make something do this
Smoke swirled around her.
swirl something around/round
He swirled the brandy around in his glass.
The river had become a swirling torrent.
if stories or ideas swirl around a place, a lot of people start to talk about them - used especially in news reports
Rumours of a takeover began to swirl around the stock markets.