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[wir-uh] /ˈwɪr ə/
interjection, Irish English.
an exclamation of sorrow or lament.
Origin of wirra
First recorded in 1830-40, wirra is from the Irish word A Mhuire! Mary!, an appeal to the Virgin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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