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burr

noun \ ˈbər \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of burr

1 usually bur
a : a rough or prickly envelope of a fruit
b : a plant that bears burs
2 a : something that sticks or clings
  • a burr in the throat
b : hanger-on
3 : an irregular rounded mass; especially : a tree burl
4 : a thin ridge or area of roughness produced in cutting or shaping metal
5 a : a trilled uvular \r\ as used by some speakers of English especially in northern England and in Scotland
b : a tongue-point trill that is the usual Scottish \r\
6 a : a small rotary cutting tool
b usually bur : a bit used on a dental drill
7 : a rough humming sound : whir

burred

play \ˈbərd\ adjective

Examples of burr in a Sentence

  1. a tool that can cut through steel leaving a smooth edge and no burrs

  2. heard the burr of a distant engine

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Origin and Etymology of burr

Middle English burre; akin to Old English byrst bristle — more at bristle

burr Synonyms


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burr

verb

Definition of burr

intransitive verb
1 : to speak with a burr
2 : to make a whirring sound
transitive verb
1 : to pronounce with a burr
2 a : to form into a projecting edge
b : to remove burrs from

burrer

noun

Examples of burr in a Sentence

  1. the pitch burred past the batter's ear

First Known Use of burr

1798

burr Synonyms


Burr

biographical name \ ˈbər \

Definition of Burr

Aaron 1756–1836 3rd vice president of the U.S. (1801–05)


BURR Defined for English Language Learners

burr

noun

Definition of burr for English Language Learners

  • : a rough covering of a nut or seed

  • : a rough area on a piece of metal that is left after the metal is cut

  • : a strong way of pronouncing r that is used by some speakers of English especially in northern England and in Scotland


BURR Defined for Kids

burr

Definition of burr for Students

  • variant of

Medical Dictionary

burr

medical Definition of burr

  • variant of bur


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