AskDefine | Define whirr

Word Net

whirr n : sound of something in rapid motion; "whir of a bird's wings"; "the whir of the propellers" [syn: whir, whirring, birr]

Verb

1 make a soft swishing sound; "the motor whirred"; "the car engine purred" [syn: whizz, whiz, whir, birr, purr]
2 make a vibrant sound, as of some birds [syn: churr]

English

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

  • (UK): /wɜː/, /w3:/ or /ʍɜː/, /W3:/ (especially Scottish English)
  • (US): , /wɝ/, /w3`/ or , /ʍɝ/, /W3`/
Rhymes with: -ɜː(r)

Homophones

Verb

  1. To move or vibrate (something) with a buzzing sound.
  2. To make a sibilant buzzing or droning sound.
  3. To cause (something) to make such a sound.

Synonyms

Translations

To move or vibrate (something) with a buzzing sound

Noun

  1. A sibilant buzz or vibration; the sound of something in rapid motion.
  2. A bustle of noise and excitement.

Synonyms

Translations

A sibilant buzz or vibration
A bustle of noise and excitement
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