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purr

noun \ ˈpər \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of purr

:a low vibratory murmur typical of an apparently contented or pleased cat

Examples of purr in a Sentence

  1. the soft purr of a car engine

  2. listened to the reassuring purr of the car engine

Recent Examples of purr from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of purr

imitative

purr Synonyms


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purr

verb

Definition of purr

intransitive verb
1 :to make a purr or a sound like a purr
  • cars purring along the highway
2 a :to speak in a manner that resembles a purr
b :to speak in a malicious catty manner

purringly

play \ˈpər-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of purr in a Sentence

  1. The cat was purring contentedly in my lap.

  2. The cars were purring along the highway.

  3. “You look tense. Let me buy you a drink,” he purred.

Recent Examples of purr from the Web

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First Known Use of purr

1620


PURR Defined for English Language Learners

purr

noun

Definition of purr for English Language Learners

  • : the low, soft sound that a cat makes when it is happy

  • : a sound that is like the purr of a cat


purr

verb

Definition of purr for English Language Learners

  • : to make a purr or a sound like a purr

  • : to say (something) in a soft, low voice especially when you are pleased or trying to persuade someone to do something


PURR Defined for Kids

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purr

verb \ ˈpər \

Definition of purr for Students

purred; purring
:to make the low murmuring sound of a contented cat or a similar sound

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purr

noun

Definition of purr for Students

:the low murmuring sound of a contented cat or a similar sound
  • the purr of the engine


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