from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To produce a vibrating or buzzing sound or move while making such a sound.
  • intransitive verb To cause to make or move with such a sound.
  • noun A sound of buzzing or vibration.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fly, dart, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a whizzing or buzzing sound; whizz.
  • To hurry away with a whizzing sound.
  • noun The buzzing or whirring sound made by a quickly revolving wheel, a partridge's wings, etc.
  • noun A turn; commotion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To whirl round, or revolve, with a whizzing noise; to fly or more quickly with a buzzing or whizzing sound; to whiz.
  • transitive verb rare To hurry a long with a whizzing sound.
  • noun A buzzing or whizzing sound produced by rapid or whirling motion

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of whirr.
  • verb Alternative spelling of whirr.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make a soft swishing sound
  • noun sound of something in rapid motion


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English whirren, probably of Scandinavian origin.]


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  • also whirr.

    December 12, 2007