- to utter a low, continuous, murmuring sound expressive of contentment or pleasure, as a cat does.
- (of things) to make a sound suggestive of the purring of a cat: The new motor of the car purred.
- to express by or as if by purring.
- the low, vibrating sound made by a cat by the contracting of the laryngeal muscles and the diaphragm as it breathes.
- a sound resembling this.
- the act of purring.
Origin of purr
Examples from the Web for pur
Historical Examples of pur
I knew Cherry would have broken her heart to part with Pur.'
Felix brought him in to tea, because we are to have his report for Pur.
Wherefore they called these days Purim, after the name of Pur.The Bible Story
Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
I am a Quartier Latinist, pur sang, and lodge only a street or two off.In the Days of My Youth
Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
"That is because you are not English pur sang," he cried gayly.
- (intr) (esp of cats) to make a low vibrant sound, usually considered as expressing pleasure, etc
- (tr) to express (pleasure, etc) by this sound
- a purring sound
Word Origin for purr
1610s, of imitative origin. Related: Purred; purring. As a noun from c.1600.