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[pur] /pɜr/
noun, verb (used with or without object), purred, purring.
1.
purr.

purr

or pur

[pur] /pɜr/
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a low, continuous, murmuring sound expressive of contentment or pleasure, as a cat does.
2.
(of things) to make a sound suggestive of the purring of a cat:
The new motor of the car purred.
verb (used with object)
3.
to express by or as if by purring.
noun
4.
the low, vibrating sound made by a cat by the contracting of the laryngeal muscles and the diaphragm as it breathes.
5.
a sound resembling this.
6.
the act of purring.
Origin of purr
1595-1605
1595-1605; imitative
Related forms
purringly, adverb
Can be confused
per, purr (see usage note at per)
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Examples from the Web for purred
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  • I never handled a machine that purred along in neater style.

    Motor Matt's Clue Stanley R. Matthews
  • He purred a little over that title and then began the article itself.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • She leaned close and purred the last sentence in the softest feline accents.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Ay, he purred like a cat, and all the time he stretched his claws.

    Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
  • Carroll opened the window, and the cat arched her back and purred, hesitating.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • “Good night, dear boy,” she purred as Dick struggled to his long legs.

    Jewel Weed Alice Ames Winter
  • The animal growled and purred like a cat with a mouse, but in very much louder tones.

British Dictionary definitions for purred

purr

/pɜː/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (esp of cats) to make a low vibrant sound, usually considered as expressing pleasure, etc
2.
(transitive) to express (pleasure, etc) by this sound
noun
3.
a purring sound
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin; compare French ronronner to purr, German schnurren, Dutch snorren
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Word Origin and History for purred

purr

v.

1610s, of imitative origin. Related: Purred; purring. As a noun from c.1600.

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Related Abbreviations for purred

Pur

purine

PUR

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