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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


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whir

noun
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

First Known Use of whir

1677


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

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verb \ˈhwər, ˈwər\

Definition of whir for Students

whirred

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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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