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birr1

[bur]
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noun
  1. force; energy; vigor.
  2. emphasis in statement, speech, etc.
  3. a whirring sound.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to move with or make a whirring sound.
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Origin of birr1

1275–1325; Middle English bire, bur, Old English byre strong wind; cognate with Icelandic byrr favorable wind; akin to bear1

birr2

[beer]
noun, plural birr.
  1. a paper money, silver coin, and monetary unit of Ethiopia, equal to 100 cents: replaced the Ethiopian dollar in 1976.
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Examples from the Web for birr

Historical Examples

  • When the British Tommies heard the "birr" of the five-inch Canadian shells they all asked whose they were.

    The Red Watch

    J. A. Currie

  • Once he heard the birr of his father's voice in the lobby and his mother speaking in shrill protest, and then—oh, horror!

  • His great reflector, built in his own grounds at Birr Castle, Ireland, was finished in 1844.

  • Birr is the very centre of Ireland, and probably takes airs to herself in consequence.

    Wanderings in Ireland

    Michael Myers Shoemaker

  • A quick run of nine miles brings us to the quaint old city of Birr, just as the night closes in.

    Wanderings in Ireland

    Michael Myers Shoemaker


British Dictionary definitions for birr

birr1

verb
  1. to make or cause to make a whirring sound
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noun
  1. a whirring sound
  2. force, as of wind
  3. vigour; energy
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Word Origin

Old English byre storm, related to Old Norse byrr favourable wind

birr2

noun
  1. the standard monetary unit of Ethiopia, divided into 100 cents
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Word Origin

C20: from Amharic
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