birr

1
[bur]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to move with or make a whirring sound.

Origin of birr

1
1275–1325; Middle English bire, bur, Old English byre strong wind; cognate with Icelandic byrr favorable wind; akin to bear1

birr

2
[beer]
noun, plural birr.
  1. a paper money, silver coin, and monetary unit of Ethiopia, equal to 100 cents: replaced the Ethiopian dollar in 1976.
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Examples from the Web for birr

Historical Examples of birr

  • When the British Tommies heard the "birr" of the five-inch Canadian shells they all asked whose they were.

    The Red Watch

    J. A. Currie

  • Once he heard the birr of his father's voice in the lobby and his mother speaking in shrill protest, and then—oh, horror!

  • His great reflector, built in his own grounds at Birr Castle, Ireland, was finished in 1844.

  • A quick run of nine miles brings us to the quaint old city of Birr, just as the night closes in.

    Wanderings in Ireland

    Michael Myers Shoemaker

  • Birr is the very centre of Ireland, and probably takes airs to herself in consequence.

    Wanderings in Ireland

    Michael Myers Shoemaker


British Dictionary definitions for birr

birr

1
verb
  1. to make or cause to make a whirring sound
noun
  1. a whirring sound
  2. force, as of wind
  3. vigour; energy

Word Origin for birr

Old English byre storm, related to Old Norse byrr favourable wind

birr

2
noun
  1. the standard monetary unit of Ethiopia, divided into 100 cents

Word Origin for birr

C20: from Amharic
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