- 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 Wordswhirl, 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
Cameras snapped and whirred, yet he was hidden in plain sight.The Rage in Bob Dylan's "Tempest"
September 3, 2012
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
- 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 and History for whirred
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.