What does the word whir mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

  • To whirl; move or fly with a whir.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • A trilling, swishing sound, produced by the sudden rising of birds. whirr.

Usage examples for whir

  1. They had now reached the lowest floor and the press rooms were a whir of noise and clatter. – Paul and the Printing Press by Sara Ware Bassett
  2. A minute afterwards there was another whir, and I got into bed. – The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  3. The whole week preceding the day there is heard everywhere the whir of sewing machines. – Green Valley by Katharine Reynolds