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 whirring
Then out of the mist, a whirring of helicopter blades, and, deus ex machina, a man descends fromt he chopper to winch you aboard.
A vacation from life, I thought, pedaling in place in a row of whirring machines, how nice.Must Read New Fiction: ‘Arcadia,’ ‘Men in Space,’ ‘The O’Briens,’ ‘Hot Pink’|Chloë Schama, Jacob Silverman, Wendy Smith, Daniel Roberts|March 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The whirring barb cut the arm of Michael before it entered the heart of the prey.The Captain of the Janizaries|James M. Ludlow
They sounded like thousands of whirring wheels, and they dropped on the roofs with a noise like rain.Trooper Bluegum at the Dardanelles|Oliver Hogue
Round its neck was a big projecting ring, which made a whirring noise.Through Arctic Lapland|Cutcliffe Hyne
Machinery is whirring and clanking, where a few years ago a steam whistle would have startled the natives out of their wits.Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier|James Inglis
For a time there was no sound save the whirring of the fire in the stove and the hard breathing of the sick man.The Lane That Had No Turning, Complete|Gilbert Parker
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.