verb (used with or without object), noun
Definition for whirr (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), whirred, whir·ring.
verb (used with object), whirred, whir·ring.
Origin of whir
Examples from the Web for 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|David Bukszpan|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whirr and scream—another dashed itself into the field between the guns and limbers.From Capetown to Ladysmith|G. W. Steevens
The battalion was drilling in a big open meadow when there came from the East first a whirr and then a machine.The A.E.F.|Heywood Broun
Then with the same rapidity as the unseen had approached the whirr grew fainter and fainter until it was heard no longer.Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S.|Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for whirr
verb whirs, whirrs, whirring or whirred
Word Origin for whir
Word Origin and History for whirr
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.