[ wir-uh ]
/ ˈwɪr ə /

interjection Irish English.

an exclamation of sorrow or lament.

Origin of wirra

First recorded in 1830–40, wirra is from Irish A Mhuire! “Mary!,” an appeal to the Virgin
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Example sentences from the Web for wirra

  • Wirra, an' to think she'd look at a plain man like Doyle Grahame.

    The Art of Disappearing|John Talbot Smith
  • "Wirra, but that feller can't stop to take breath between his shooting," remarked Private Kelly.

  • Wirra, wirra, why did I ever let myself be persuaded at all?

    The Irish Twins|Lucy Fitch Perkins
  • I meant the girl you are interested in—no, it isn't that other—the girl that's interested in you—oh, wirra wisha!

    Two Knapsacks|John Campbell

British Dictionary definitions for wirra

/ (ˈwɪrə) /


Irish an exclamation of sorrow or deep concern

Word Origin for wirra

C19: shortened from Irish Gaelic a Muire! O Mary! as invocation to the Virgin Mary
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