Definitions

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

  • noun The soft vibrant sound made by a cat.
  • noun A sound similar to that made by a cat.
  • intransitive verb To make or utter a soft vibrant sound.
  • intransitive verb To express by a soft vibrant sound.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sandpiper, Tringa alpina, commonly called dunlin.
  • noun A bivalve of the family Veneridæ, Tapes decussata.
  • noun The sound made by a cat in purring.
  • noun See pur.
  • To utter a low murmuring sound expressive of satisfaction or pleasure, as a cat.
  • To express or signify by purring.

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

  • noun The low murmuring sound made by a cat; pur. See pur.
  • verb To murmur as a cat. See pur.

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

  • verb intransitive Of a cat, to make a vibrating sound in its throat when contented.
  • verb transitive To say (something) in a throaty, seductive manner.
  • verb intransitive To make a vibrating throaty sound, as from pleasure.
  • verb intransitive, of an engine To make a low and consistent rumbling sound.
  • noun The vibrating sound made by a cat in its throat when contented.
  • noun A throaty, seductive sound of pleasure made by a person.
  • noun The low consistent rumble made by an engine at slow speed

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

  • verb indicate pleasure by purring; characteristic of cats
  • verb make a soft swishing sound
  • noun a low vibrating sound typical of a contented cat

Etymologies

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

[Imitative.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Onomatopoeic.

Examples

  • * purr purr* Sounded like a cement machine with all his purring.

    hemopoetic Diary Entry

  • A lion's purr is quite something, and for a moment Charlie so enjoyed the heavy, rhythmic reverberations through his feet that he didn't want to move.

    Excerpt: Lionboy by Zizou Corder

  • That rumbling sound that we call a purr is clearly meant to be communication, since cats only purr in the company of living things, such as other cats, people, and other pets.

    How to Speak Dog

  • When your presence makes your cat purr, that is love.

    evolver Diary Entry

  • RK was purring, but woven into the purr was a thin stream of growly whine.

    Acorna's Search

  • RK was purring, but woven into the purr was a thin stream of growly whine.

    Acorna's Search

  • All they could do was cluck and purr, which is what they did for 15 solid minutes right in front of me.

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  • His comment drew a top "purr" in the "Purrs & Grrs" column of "Animal Times," the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals magazine.

    Paterson: Treat Central Park Horses Better Or Ban Them

  • Then he laughs and it sounds like a kind of purr in my ear which makes me groan a little, involuntarily, knowing that we don't even know each other but he's generous enough to share a laugh, to let me see that far into him.

    Crash

  • She is easily picked up and has become the "purr" ing queen.

    Holly has been returned.

Comments

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    November 29, 2009

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    November 29, 2009

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    November 29, 2009

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    This falls in the category of modestly amusing spam.

    November 30, 2009

  • Wonderful! Finally, “spam for spam’s sake” or “le spam pour le spam”*! I mean those URLs aren’t working for me at all! This way spam is about to replace music as the purist of the arts! Wonderful!

    * Please correct me, I don’t know any French.

    November 30, 2009

  • Well, it's probably because this particular spammer is too much of an imbecile to know that 'sudoku' is spelled 'sudoku' and not 'suduko', wouldn't you say?

    November 30, 2009

  • I personally thought that was common knowledge, provided you knew how to pronounce it.

    November 30, 2009

  • Purring is a soft, rolling call turkeys make when content.

    listen here

    March 15, 2015