Then she purred, “John, if you wear a double-breasted jacket, you must always keep it buttoned.”
“Something is happening in our world,” he purred in almost reverent tones.
And when Beyoncé appeared in a gold sequined dress, Ford purred: "Now I'm really straight."
I never handled a machine that purred along in neater style.
He purred a little over that title and then began the article itself.
She leaned close and purred the last sentence in the softest feline accents.
Ay, he purred like a cat, and all the time he stretched his claws.
Carroll opened the window, and the cat arched her back and purred, hesitating.
“Good night, dear boy,” she purred as Dick struggled to his long legs.
The animal growled and purred like a cat with a mouse, but in very much louder tones.
1610s, of imitative origin. Related: Purred; purring. As a noun from c.1600.