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birr

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[ bur ]
/ bɜr /
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noun
force; energy; vigor.
emphasis in statement, speech, etc.
a whirring sound.
verb (used without object)
to move with or make a whirring sound.
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Origin of birr

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

Other definitions for birr (2 of 2)

birr2
[ beer ]
/ bɪər /

noun, plural birr.
a paper money, silver coin, and monetary unit of Ethiopia, equal to 100 cents: replaced the Ethiopian dollar in 1976.
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British Dictionary definitions for birr (1 of 2)

birr1
/ (bɜː) mainly US and Scot /

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

Word Origin for birr

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

British Dictionary definitions for birr (2 of 2)

birr2
/ (bɜː) /

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

Word Origin for birr

C20: from Amharic
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