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wirra

[wir-uh] /ˈwɪr ə/
interjection, Irish English.
1.
an exclamation of sorrow or lament.
Origin of wirra
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40, wirra is from the Irish word A Mhuire! Mary!, an appeal to the Virgin
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Examples from the Web for wirra
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  • wirra, an' to think she'd look at a plain man like Doyle Grahame.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • wirra, wirra, why did I ever let myself be persuaded at all?

    The Irish Twins Lucy Fitch Perkins
  • wirra, the weeks I lay on the sill of death's door,—the gray days, the black nights.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • "wirra, but that feller can't stop to take breath between his shooting," remarked Private Kelly.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants

    H. Irving Hancock
  • I meant the girl you are interested in—no, it isn't that other—the girl that's interested in you—oh, wirra wisha!

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for wirra

wirra

/ˈwɪrə/
interjection
1.
(Irish) an exclamation of sorrow or deep concern
Word Origin
C19: shortened from Irish Gaelic a Muire! O Mary! as invocation to the Virgin Mary
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