Definition of purr in English:
1(Of a cat) make a low continuous vibratory sound usually expressing contentment.
- The cat purred loudly as Daniel scratched him behind the ears.
- The cat purred loudly as he petted her and paid attention to her.
- Ant muttered quietly, as the cat purred loudly and began to settle herself in his lap, claws digging in through his denim jeans.
1.1(Of a vehicle or engine) move smoothly while making a low vibratory sound: a sleek blue BMW purred past him
More example sentences
- The car zoomed up behind Jack's BMW, its engine purring and the bright sun reflecting off its red chassis.
- He started the car, and drove off, into the horizon, his car engine purring like a happy kitten.
- Gwen pulled to a stop in front of the Browning mansion, the Benz's engine purring softly under the shiny silver hood.
1.2Speak in a low soft voice, especially when expressing contentment or acting seductively: [with direct speech]: “Would you like coffee?” she purred [with object]: she purred her lines seductively
More example sentences
- The female voice purred seductively in his ear.
- Her voice was low and purring, seductive and soothing.
- A silky voice purred and I cringed, hating myself for what I was about to do.
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A low continuous vibratory sound, typically that made by a cat or vehicle.
- Back at Gleb and Sherry's condo, Yoli and I were introduced to their cat, a sleek animal that was actually friendly, with nearly continuous purrs or meows emanating from its cute little open mouth.
- She continues her satisfied purrs once again, and I join her, smiling warmly down at her, she's being so much nicer to me now.
- Stroking in circular motions, tracing down her sides, then up her spine and outward again to repeat the process; continuing to receive encouraging purrs from her.
Early 17th century: imitative.
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