interjection Irish English.

an exclamation of sorrow or lament.

Origin of wirra

First recorded in 1830–40, wirra is from the Irish word A Mhuire! Mary!, an appeal to the Virgin
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Examples from the Web for wirra

Historical Examples of wirra

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

    The Art of Disappearing

    John Talbot Smith

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

    The Irish Twins

    Lucy Fitch Perkins

  • Wirra, the weeks I lay on the sill of death's door,—the gray days, the black nights.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • "Wirra, but that feller can't stop to take breath between his shooting," remarked Private Kelly.

  • 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



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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