Definitions

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

  • n. The soft vibrant sound made by a cat.
  • n. A sound similar to that made by a cat: the purr of an engine.
  • intransitive v. To make or utter a soft vibrant sound: The cat purred. The sewing machine purred.
  • transitive v. To express by a soft vibrant sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • v. indicate pleasure by purring; characteristic of cats
  • v. make a soft swishing sound
  • n. a low vibrating sound typical of a contented cat

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Onomatopoeic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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