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whir

verb \ˈhwər, ˈwər\

Definition of whir

whirredwhir·ring

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to fly, revolve, or move rapidly with a whir <hummingbirds whirring past>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to move or carry rapidly with a whir



Examples of whir

  1. <the hummingbird whirred as it hovered over a flower>

  2. <our tires whirred as we traveled over the rough road>



Variants of whir

also whirr play \ˈhwər, ˈwər\

Origin of whir

Middle English (Scots) quirren, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan hvirre to whirl, whir


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with whir


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whir

noun

Simple Definition of whir

  • : the sound made by something that is spinning very fast

Full Definition of whir

  1. :  a continuous fluttering or vibratory sound made by something in rapid motion <the whir of machinery>

Examples of whir

  1. the whir of a fan

  2. <a whir coming from the refrigerator>



1677

First Known Use of whir

1677

Variants of whir

also whirr

WHIR Defined for Kids

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whir

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verb \ˈhwər, ˈwər\

Definition of whir

whirredwhir·ring

  1. :  to fly, operate, or turn rapidly with a buzzing sound <… the machines stopped whirring, and from then on, not a single chocolate … was made. — Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory>




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whir

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noun

Definition of whir

  1. :  a buzzing sound made by something spinning or operating quickly





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