whir [wə: US wə:r] v past tense and past participle whirred present participle whirring
[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: Probably from a [i]Scandinavian language]
to make a fairly quiet regular sound, like the sound of a bird or insect moving its wings very fast
Helicopters whirred overhead.
>whirr n [C usually singular]
the whirr of an electric motor

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  • whirr — [ wɜr, hwɜr ] another spelling of whir …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whirr — meaning ‘to make a continuous buzzing sound’, is spelt with two rs in BrE and usually with one r in AmE, and the corresponding noun follows suit. The verb has inflected forms whirred, whirring in both varieties …   Modern English usage

  • whirr — (also whir) ► VERB (whirred, whirring) ▪ (of something rapidly rotating or moving to and fro) make a low, continuous, regular sound. ► NOUN ▪ a whirring sound. ORIGIN probably Scandinavian …   English terms dictionary

  • whirr — [[t](h)wɜ͟ː(r)[/t]] whirrs, whirring, whirred also whir VERB When something such as a machine or an insect s wing whirrs, it makes a series of low sounds so quickly that they seem like one continuous sound. The camera whirred and clicked. [V ing] …   English dictionary

  • whirr — verb Whirr is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑machine …   Collocations dictionary

  • whirr — [wɜː] verb [I] to make a fast repeated quiet sound whirr noun [singular] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • whirr — /wɜ / (say wer) verb (i) (whirred, whirring) 1. to go, fly, dart, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a vibratory or buzzing sound. –noun 2. the act or sound of whirring: the whirr of wings. Also, whir. {Middle English, from Scandinavian;… …  

  • whirr whirred, whirring — verb (I) to make a fairly quiet, regular sound, like the sound of a bird or insect moving its wings very fast: Cameras whirred and reporters scribbled. whirr noun (countable usually singular) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • whirr — I. verb see whir I II. noun see whir II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whirr — /hwerr, werr/, v.i., v.t., n. whir. * * * …   Universalium

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