- to go, fly, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a humming or buzzing sound: An electric fan whirred softly in the corner.
- to move or transport (a thing, person, etc.) with a whirring sound: The plane whirred them away into the night.
- an act or sound of whirring: the whir of wings.
Origin of whir
Related Words for whirrwhirl, swivel, twist, twirl, pivot, revolve, spin, purr, whirr, spit, whisper, jeer, hoot, whistle, seethe, boo, wheeze, sound, vibration, hum
Examples from the Web for whirr
Contemporary Examples of whirr
The cartoons zing, whirr, and reverberate harmonically, making each entry a sort of duet.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble
October 11, 2014
Historical Examples of whirr
There was the whirr of an electric bell, and she knew that Anthony had come.Glory of Youth
A rabbit or two scuttled away, and a pheasant flew off with a whirr.For the Sake of the School
One of his sounds or calls is like the buzz of a reel or the whirr of an alarm-clock.The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers
The whirr of that arrow lived in Roger's mind the rest of his days.Some Three Hundred Years Ago
Edith Gilman Brewster
But as she looked this way and that way, Iduna heard a whirr of wings above her.The Children of Odin
- a prolonged soft swish or buzz, as of a motor working or wings flapping
- a bustle or rush
- to make or cause to make a whir
Word Origin 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.