As he was dying,” Shafi recalls, “he made like a purring sound—like a cat.
The car sped away from the ball field, purring on its silent, powerful way.
I cannot say "alone," for the Essence of Selfishness, was purring on my chest.
“I am glad that you can assure me of this,” Madame replied in her softest, most purring accents.
Solomon was full of purring content and growing lazier every day.
As she struck a match to light the gas, there was a light thud on the floor and a purring.
All but purring with satisfaction and relief, Calendar halted.
Here were Marie's toys, her furniture; the four cats were purring in the window-seat, and the two pugs lay dozing on the sofa.
The purring and humming increased, and the car seemed to leap forward.
She stole downstairs, and presently returned with the ‘chat’, which was purring vigorously and giving ‘kopjes’.
1610s, of imitative origin. Related: Purred; purring. As a noun from c.1600.