verb (used without object), whirred, whir·ring.
verb (used with object), whirred, whir·ring.
- whiptail wallaby,
- whirligig beetle,
- whirling dervish
Origin of whir
verb (used with or without object), noun
Examples from the Web for whirred
Cameras snapped and whirred, yet he was hidden in plain sight.
Once when this one alighted on the rim of her nest she whirred herself right down inside.A-Birding on a Bronco|Florence A. Merriam
He was oblivious of the perilous steel that whirred and throbbed about him.The Shadow|Arthur Stringer
It whirred gratefully; the clanking stopped and she tried again.Greener Than You Think|Ward Moore
verb whirs, whirrs, whirring or whirred
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.