- to utter a low, continuous, murmuring sound expressive of contentment or pleasure, as a cat does.
- (of things) to make a sound suggestive of the purring of a cat: The new motor of the car purred.
- to express by or as if by purring.
- the low, vibrating sound made by a cat by the contracting of the laryngeal muscles and the diaphragm as it breathes.
- a sound resembling this.
- the act of purring.
Origin of purr
First recorded in 1595–1605; imitative
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Examples from the Web for pur
Felix brought him in to tea, because we are to have his report for Pur.
I knew Cherry would have broken her heart to part with Pur.'
Wherefore they called these days Purim, after the name of Pur.The Bible Story
Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
I am a Quartier Latinist, pur sang, and lodge only a street or two off.In the Days of My Youth
Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
"That is because you are not English pur sang," he cried gayly.
- (intr) (esp of cats) to make a low vibrant sound, usually considered as expressing pleasure, etc
- (tr) to express (pleasure, etc) by this sound
- a purring sound
C17: of imitative origin; compare French ronronner to purr, German schnurren, Dutch snorren
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Word Origin and History for pur
1610s, of imitative origin. Related: Purred; purring. As a noun from c.1600.
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