buhr

[ bur ]
/ bɜr /
|

noun


Nearby words

  1. bugout,
  2. bugs,
  3. bugsha,
  4. buhl,
  5. buhlwork,
  6. buhrstone,
  7. bui,
  8. buibui,
  9. build,
  10. build down

burr

4

or buhr

[ bur ]
/ bɜr /

noun

Origin of burr

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

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British Dictionary definitions for buhr

Burr

/ (bɜː) /

noun

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
/ (bɜː) /

noun

noun, verb

a variant spelling of bur

verb (tr)

to form a rough edge on (a workpiece)
to remove burrs from (a workpiece) by grinding, filing, etc; deburr

Word Origin for burr

C14: variant of bur

burr

2
/ (bɜː) /

noun

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
a whirring sound

verb

to pronounce (words) with a burr
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

/ (bɜː) /

noun

a washer fitting around the end of a rivet
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

/ (bɜː) /

noun

short for buhrstone
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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Medicine definitions for buhr

burr

[ bûr ]

n.

Variant ofbur

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