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whir

verb \ ˈhwər , ˈwər \
variants: or less commonly whirr
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of whir

whirred; whirring
intransitive verb
: to fly, revolve, or move rapidly with a whir
  • hummingbirds whirring past
transitive verb
: 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

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Origin and Etymology of whir

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

whir Synonyms


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whir

noun
variants: or less commonly whirr

Definition of whir

: 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

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First Known Use of whir

1677

whir Synonyms


WHIR Defined for English Language Learners

whir

noun

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

verb \ ˈhwər , ˈwər \

Definition of whir for Students

whirred; whirring
: 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

noun

Definition of whir for Students

: a buzzing sound made by something spinning or operating quickly


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