buhr

[bur]

burr

4

or buhr

[bur]

Origin of burr

4
1250–1300; Middle English burre, probably so called from its roughness
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Burr

noun
  1. Aaron . 1756–1836, US vice-president (1800–04), who fled after killing a political rival in a duel and plotted to create an independent empire in the western US; acquitted (1807) of treason

burr

1
noun
  1. a small power-driven hand-operated rotary file, esp for removing burrs or for machining recesses
  2. a rough edge left on a workpiece after cutting, drilling, etc
  3. a rough or irregular protuberance, such as a burl on a tree
  4. British a burl on the trunk or root of a tree, sliced across for use as decorative veneer
noun, verb
  1. a variant spelling of bur
verb (tr)
  1. to form a rough edge on (a workpiece)
  2. to remove burrs from (a workpiece) by grinding, filing, etc; deburr

Word Origin for burr

C14: variant of bur

burr

2
noun
  1. phonetics an articulation of (r) characteristic of certain English dialects, esp the uvular fricative trill of Northumberland or the retroflex r of the West of England
  2. a whirring sound
verb
  1. to pronounce (words) with a burr
  2. to make a whirring sound

Word Origin for burr

C18: either special use of bur (in the sense: rough sound) or of imitative origin

burr

3

bur

noun
  1. a washer fitting around the end of a rivet
  2. a blank punched out of sheet metal

Word Origin for burr

C16 (in the sense: broad ring on a spear): variant of burrow (in obsolete sense: borough)

burr

4

buhr or bur

noun
  1. short for buhrstone
  2. a mass of hard siliceous rock surrounded by softer rock

Word Origin for burr

C18: probably from bur, from its qualities of roughness
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Word Origin and History for buhr

burr

n.

"rough sound of the letter -r-" (especially that common in Northumberland), 1760, later extended to "northern accented speech" in general. Possibly the sound of the word is imitative of the speech peculiarity itself, or it was adapted from one of the senses of bur (q.v.), perhaps from the phrase to have a bur in (one's) throat (late 14c.), which was a figure of speech for "feel a choking sensation, huskiness." OED says the Scottish -r- is a lingual trill, not a true burr.

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buhr in Medicine

burr

[bûr]
n.
  1. Variant ofbur
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