verb (used without object), whirred, whir·ring.
verb (used with object), whirred, whir·ring.
- whiptail wallaby,
- whirligig beetle,
- whirling dervish
Origin of whir
Examples from the Web for whirs
Without the beeps and whirs of a cellphone, you can use your ears to detect crickets, mice, or other vermin in your home.
He strokes the photocopier; he adores the machine, the way it flashes like lightning as it works, the way it whirs and hums.
It whirs and buzzes and backs and starts and whirs and buzzes over and over again.Turns about Town|Robert Cortes Holliday
At that moment he heard the whistle of a train, and between the whirs of the wind he heard the tinkle of the signal bell.A Son of Hagar|Sir Hall Caine
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.