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

  • intransitive v. To move so as to produce a vibrating or buzzing sound.
  • transitive v. To cause to make a vibratory sound.
  • n. A sound of buzzing or vibration: the whir of turning wheels.
  • n. Excited, noisy activity; bustle: the whir of busy shoppers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of whirr.
  • v. Alternative spelling of whirr.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A buzzing or whizzing sound produced by rapid or whirling motion
  • intransitive v. To whirl round, or revolve, with a whizzing noise; to fly or more quickly with a buzzing or whizzing sound; to whiz.
  • transitive v. To hurry a long with a whizzing sound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fly, dart, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a whizzing or buzzing sound; whizz.
  • To hurry away with a whizzing sound.
  • n. The buzzing or whirring sound made by a quickly revolving wheel, a partridge's wings, etc.
  • n. A turn; commotion.

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

  • v. make a soft swishing sound
  • n. sound of something in rapid motion


Middle English whirren, probably of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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