AskDefine | Define pinwheel

Dictionary Definition



1 perennial subshrub of Tenerife having leaves in rosettes resembling pinwheels [syn: Aeonium haworthii]
2 circular-shaped firework; spins round and round [syn: catherine wheel]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a fake flower with the stump, usually in plastic, for children; the flower spins round in the wind.
  2. a firework which forms a kind of spinning wheel


fake flower for children
  • Spanish: ventolera


*1992, Joyce Carol Oates, Black Water, Penguin Books, paperback edition, page 125
  • The sun blazing late in the afternoon, this long hilarious day like a pinwheel inexhaustibly throwing off sparks.

Extensive Definition

pinwheel in Polish: wiatraczek

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

agate, ball, baseball bat, bat, battledore, bauble, blocks, checkerboard, chessboard, club, cockhorse, cricket bat, cue, doll, doll carriage, gewgaw, gimcrack, golf club, hobbyhorse, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jackstones, jackstraws, kickshaw, knickknack, marble, marionette, mig, paper doll, pick-up sticks, plaything, puppet, racket, rag doll, rocking horse, sport, steelie, taw, teetotum, top, toy, toy soldier, trinket, whim-wham
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