- to go, fly, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a humming or buzzing sound: An electric fan whirred softly in the corner.
- to move or transport (a thing, person, etc.) with a whirring sound: The plane whirred them away into the night.
- an act or sound of whirring: the whir of wings.
Origin of whir
Examples from the Web for whir
The whir of the circling NYPD helicopter muffled their chants calling for unity and calling out police brutality.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC
December 28, 2014
As we approach the rumble of guns grows louder and alternates with the whir of cannonballs, which begin to attract his attention.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
He was prepared for the whir of the dial now but still it frightened him a little.The Odyssey of Sam Meecham
Charles E. Fritch
It flared there, with noises like the whir of wings, with rumbles as of thunder.
For a long time I heard nothing but the whir and roar of the fire.
We hear the whir of the crescent-shaped arms opening as they descend.With The Night Mail
They were deep in the forest when they heard a whir overhead.The Rover Boys on a Hunt
Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
- a prolonged soft swish or buzz, as of a motor working or wings flapping
- a bustle or rush
- to make or cause to make a whir
Word Origin and History for whir
c.1400, Scottish, "fling, hurl," probably from Old Norse hvirfla, frequentative of hverfa "to turn" (see wharf). Cf. Danish hvirvle, Dutch wervelen, German wirbeln "to whirl." Related: Whirred; whirring.