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purr

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noun \ˈpər\

Definition of purr

  1. :  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>

Origin and Etymology of purr

imitative


First Known Use: 1601


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purr

verb

Definition of purr

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a purr or a sound like a purr <cars purring along the highway>

  3. 2 a :  to speak in a manner that resembles a purr b :  to speak in a malicious catty manner

purringly

play \-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.

1620

First Known Use of purr

1620


PURR Defined for English Language Learners

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purr

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noun \ˈpər\

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


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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

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verb \ˈpər\

Definition of purr for Students

purred

purring

  1. :  to make the low murmuring sound of a contented cat or a similar sound


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purr

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noun

Definition of purr for Students

  1. :  the low murmuring sound of a contented cat or a similar sound <the purr of the engine>


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