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  • adv. With a purring noise or tone.


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  • We see her confident delight in Des Grieux's adoration, her wide-eyed disbelief at the furs and jewels with which GM endows her, her almost instant suppression of her qualms at his reptilian lust, and her purringly sensuous acceptance of the attentions of the "gentlemen" at the soirée among whom a sneeringly disdainful Jonathan Watkins is a memorable presence.

    Manon – review

  • I had barely got used to Penny Johnson Jerald's purringly sexy Lady Macbeth shtick in 24 when she showed up playing Condi Rice in both the rightwing ABC-TV mini series The Path To 9/11 and the cheap-ass quickie DC 9/11: Time Of Crisis.

    Fair Game revisits the George W Bush years but is it too soon?

  • Unlike his fellow documentarian Errol Morris, who uses a special camera to connect with his subjects, Mr. Herzog elicits revelations with purringly quiet questions that cut to the heart of the matter at hand.

    High-Altitude Viewing

  • There must be no fires at this time of morning, I decide based on how peaceful it is and how purringly nice its now rather soothing hum is.

    Here We Go Again

  • 'Andreas is like me, he likes to swim best in his skin,' she had told her purringly.

    The Demetrios Virgin

  • He swept a low bow and added purringly, "At your service, great Satrap, I'm sure."

    Ship Of Destiny

  • She was conscious of the admiring scrutiny of spectators, and then Walter did a few skilful things to the machine and it started purringly forward after the big car, both for all the world like a full-grown horse and its colt.

    Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach Or Strange Adventures Among The Orange Groves

  • No. She glides gently, purringly around the circle, rubs caressingly against this one and that, as though gently saying, "By your leave"; and when finally she reaches the desired spot, she lays herself down so gracefully and quietly and curls herself up so deftly that to witness the act really affords pleasure to the observer.

    Letters to a Daughter and A Little Sermon to School Girls

  • A little travelling clock ticked purringly at her elbow, and a log broke in two and sent up a shower of sparks.

    The Age of Innocence

  • Borsdale leaned back and laughed, purringly, for the outcome of this affair of the Cardinal and the Wax

    The Certain Hour


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