verb (used without object), whirred, whir·ring.
verb (used with object), whirred, whir·ring.
Origin of whir
verb (used with or without object), noun
Related Words for whirredwhirl, swivel, twist, twirl, pivot, revolve, spin, whoosh, rotate, gyrate, swirl, whir, pirouette, flit, hurtle, reverberate, hum, whisper, purr, whirr
Examples from the Web for whirred
Contemporary Examples of whirred
Cameras snapped and whirred, yet he was hidden in plain sight.The Rage in Bob Dylan's "Tempest"
September 3, 2012
Historical Examples of whirred
It whirred gratefully; the clanking stopped and she tried again.Greener Than You Think
Insects hummed and shrilled, or whirred like a tiny orchestra.A Little Girl in Old Quebec
Amanda Millie Douglas
They braced their feet, whirred, lifted unevenly, and sank back with a jar.Edge of the Jungle
He was oblivious of the perilous steel that whirred and throbbed about him.The Shadow
But when he did he swore at the lions, softly, as he whirred by.Mr. Achilles
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.