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whir

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verb \ˈhwər, ˈwər\
variants: or less commonly

whirr

Definition of whir

whirred

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whirring

  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 in a sentence

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

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

Origin and Etymology of whir

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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whir

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variants: or less commonly

whirr

Definition of whir

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

Examples of whir in a sentence

  1. the whir of a fan

  2. <a whir coming from the refrigerator>

1677

First Known Use of whir

1677


WHIR Defined for English Language Learners


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whir

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Definition of whir for English Language Learners

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


WHIR Defined for Kids

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whir

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verb \ˈhwər, ˈwər\

Definition of whir for Students

whirred

whirring

  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 for Students

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



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