Definition of whir in English:


Syllabification: whir
Pronunciation: /(h)wər
(also whirr)

verb (whirs, whirring, whirred)

[no object]
(Especially of a machine or a bird’s wings) make a low, continuous, regular sound: the ceiling fans whirred in the smoky air
More example sentences
  • This sound was the generator whirring to life once again.
  • The sounds of machines whirring and bells ringing could be heard as far away as a city block.
  • Next to me, Mr. Walker's camera whirred and clicked rapidly.


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A low, continuous, regular sound : the whir of the projector
More example sentences
  • That is about the same level of noise produced by the whir of an air conditioner or the rumbling of average city traffic.
  • The rip of gunfire sounded above the whir of the blades.
  • The only sound was the soft whir of the ship around them.


late Middle English (in the sense 'move with a whirring sound'): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with whirl.

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