EXAMPLES | Origin of burr 4 1250–1300; Middle English burre, probably so called from its roughness
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Examples from the Web for buhr Historical Examples of buhr British Dictionary definitions for buhr 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 noun a small power-driven hand-operated rotary file, esp for removing burrs or for machining recesses a rough edge left on a workpiece after cutting, drilling, etc a rough or irregular protuberance, such as a burl on a tree British a burl on the trunk or root of a tree, sliced across for use as decorative veneer 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 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 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) noun 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 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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