birr

1
[ bur ]
/ bɜr /

noun

force; energy; vigor.
emphasis in statement, speech, etc.
a whirring sound.

verb (used without object)

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

Definition for birr (2 of 2)

birr

2
[ 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)

birr

1
/ (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)

birr

2
/ (bɜː) /

noun

the standard monetary unit of Ethiopia, divided into 100 cents

Word Origin for birr

C20: from Amharic
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