- 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
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.Aubrey Plaza’s Great Disconnect
August 15, 2014
He strokes the photocopier; he adores the machine, the way it flashes like lightning as it works, the way it whirs and hums.An Excerpt from Between the Assassinations
June 10, 2009
It whirs and buzzes and backs and starts and whirs and buzzes over and over again.Turns about Town
Robert Cortes Holliday
The whirs of the insects suggested a ceaselessly active mentality.The Garden Of Allah
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
And now—eight years after—'Mahbin Mill hums and whirs more merrily than ever.Campaigning with Crook and Stories of Army Life
- 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 whirs
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.