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Meaning of WHIR

Pronunciation:  wur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  sound of something in rapid motion; "whir of a bird's wings"; "the whir of the propellers"
  2. [v]  make a soft swishing sound, as of a motor working or wings flapping

WHIR is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: birr, birr, purr, whirr, whirr, whirring, whiz, whizz
 See Also: go, sound, sound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Whir\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Whirred}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Whirring}.] [Perhaps of imitative origin; cf. D. hvirre to
    whirl, and E. hurr, hurry, whirl. ???.]
    To whirl round, or revolve, with a whizzing noise; to fly or
    more quickly with a buzzing or whizzing sound; to whiz.
          The partridge bursts away on whirring wings. --Beattie.
  2. \Whir\, v. t. [See {Whir} to whiz.]
    To hurry a long with a whizzing sound. [R.]
          This world to me is like a lasting storm, Whirring me
          from my friends.                         --Shak.
  3. \Whir\, n.
    A buzzing or whizzing sound produced by rapid or whirling
    motion; as, the whir of a partridge; the whir of a spinning