[ hwur, wur ]
/ ʰwɜr, wɜr /
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verb (used without object), whirred, whir·ring.
to go, fly, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a humming or buzzing sound: An electric fan whirred softly in the corner.
verb (used with object), whirred, whir·ring.
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.
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Origin of whir
1350–1400; Middle English quirre (Scots ) <Scandinavian; compare Danish hvirre,Norwegian kvirra.See whirl
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How to use whir in a sentence
Cameras whirred and clicked, but the room was otherwise silent.The NRA: From Awful to Even Worse|Michelle Cottle|December 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Cameras snapped and whirred, yet he was hidden in plain sight.The Rage in Bob Dylan's "Tempest"|David Yaffe|September 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Wheel-spokes whirred in the air and he saw a buggy, with the top down, rattling down another street in a cloud of dust.The Trail of the Lonesome Pine|John Fox, Jr.
At length the car whirred up the last hill, and stopped in front of the darkened house where she was to sleep.Mountain|Clement Wood
It gained speed until it whirred into an invisible copper haze between them.
It whipped around steadily, gaining speed until it whirred into an invisible copper haze.
With that idea she grazed the shallows of reality, and her dreams whirred from the nest and left it hungrily empty.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete|George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for whir
/ (wɜː) /
a prolonged soft swish or buzz, as of a motor working or wings flapping
a bustle or rush
verb whirs, whirrs, whirring or whirred
to make or cause to make a whir
Word Origin for whir
C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian kvirra, Danish hvirre; see whirl
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