verb (used without object), whirred, whir·ring.
verb (used with object), whirred, whir·ring.
Origin of whir
Examples from the Web for whir
The whir of the circling NYPD helicopter muffled their chants calling for unity and calling out police brutality.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC|M.L. Nestel|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As we approach the rumble of guns grows louder and alternates with the whir of cannonballs, which begin to attract his attention.
There was a whir, a leap forward, and the automobile glided down the long avenue and out into the highway.Steve and the Steam Engine|Sara Ware Bassett
Then a whir of wheels could be heard through tangled wilderness.The Indian On The Trail|Mary Hartwell Catherwood
It was a little angel from heaven whispered it to me whir ye stepped inside this house.No Defense, Complete|Gilbert Parker
Presently a brace of prairie-chickens rose with a whir of wings.Oh, You Tex!|William Macleod Raine
While he was yet labouring assiduously to accomplish his purpose, the whir of wings was heard overhead.The Buffalo Runners|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for whir
verb whirs, whirrs, whirring or whirred
Word Origin for whir
Word Origin and History for whir
c.1400, Scottish, "fling, hurl," probably from Old Norse hvirfla, frequentative of hverfa "to turn" (see wharf). Cf. Danish hvirvle, Dutch wervelen, German wirbeln "to whirl." Related: Whirred; whirring.