whir c.1400, Scottish, "fling, hurl," probably from O.N. hvirfla, frequentative of hverfa "to turn" (see WHARF (Cf. wharf)). Cf. Dan. hvirvle, Du. wervelen, Ger. wirbeln "to whirl."

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  • Whir — Whir, v. t. [See {Whir} to whiz.] To hurry a long with a whizzing sound. [R.] [1913 Webster] This world to me is like a lasting storm, Whirring me from my friends. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whir — [ wɜr, hwɜr ] verb intransitive to make a fast repeated quiet sound: A flock of birds rose in front of him, their wings whirring. All around the room, computers whirred and buzzed. ╾ whir noun singular …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • whir — or whirr [hwʉr, wʉr] vi., vt. whirred, whirring [ME (Northern) quirren, prob. < Scand, as in Dan hvirre, Norw kvirra, akin to ON hverfa, to turn: for IE base see WHARF] to fly, revolve, vibrate, or otherwise move quickly with a whizzing or… …   English World dictionary

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  • whir — I. verb also whirr (whirred; whirring) Etymology: Middle English (Scots) quirren, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish hvirre to whirl, whir Date: 15th century intransitive verb to fly, revolve, or move rapidly with a whir …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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