Whirred
Whir 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. [1913 Webster]

The partridge bursts away on whirring wings. --Beattie. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • whirred — word …   American English homophones

  • whirred — n. buzz, rapid rustling (e.g. of a bird´s wings) v. buzz, rustle rapidly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • whirred — word (?) …   English homophone dictionary

  • whirred — past of whir …   Useful english dictionary

  • whirr whirred, whirring — verb (I) to make a fairly quiet, regular sound, like the sound of a bird or insect moving its wings very fast: Cameras whirred and reporters scribbled. whirr noun (countable usually singular) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • word — whirred …   American English homophones

  • whir — /hwerr, werr/, v., whirred, whirring, n. v.i. 1. to go, fly, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a humming or buzzing sound: An electric fan whirred softly in the corner. v.t. 2. to move or transport (a thing, person, etc.) with a whirring… …   Universalium

  • whir — UK [wɜː(r)] / US [wɜr] / US [hwɜr] verb [intransitive] Word forms whir : present tense I/you/we/they whir he/she/it whirs present participle whirring past tense whirred past participle whirred to make a fast repeated quiet sound A flock of birds… …   English dictionary

  • whirr — whir [wə: US wə:r] v past tense and past participle whirred present participle whirring [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from a [i]Scandinavian language] to make a fairly quiet regular sound, like the sound of a bird or insect moving its wings… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whirr — [[t](h)wɜ͟ː(r)[/t]] whirrs, whirring, whirred also whir VERB When something such as a machine or an insect s wing whirrs, it makes a series of low sounds so quickly that they seem like one continuous sound. The camera whirred and clicked. [V ing] …   English dictionary

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