noun, verb (used with or without object), purred, pur·ring.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of purr
Examples from the Web for purring
As he was dying,” Shafi recalls, “he made like a purring sound—like a cat.
She threw her arms round Mrs. Cameron's neck and rubbed her soft little face against hers, purring affectionately.The Pioneers|Katharine Susannah Prichard
But the power of purring left him as he got weaker; on the 9th day he could just sing one bar, and on the 10th day only one note.Cats|W. Gordon Stables
Now it was plain enough, and began swelling from a purring rattle to the crescendo of an approaching wind storm.The Code of the Mountains|Charles Neville Buck
There was no change in the Secretary's countenance; he was still bland, smiling, purring like a cat.Before the Dawn|Joseph Alexander Altsheler
The purring of the cat, comfortably settled on the telephone-stand, was as cheering as the singing of a kettle on a stove.The Confession|Mary Roberts Rinehart
Word Origin for purr
1610s, of imitative origin. Related: Purred; purring. As a noun from c.1600.