whirr

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Perhaps from Old Norse hvirfla (to whirl, spread).

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whirr (third-person singular simple present whirrs, present participle whirring, simple past and past participle whirred)

  1. To move or vibrate (something) with a buzzing sound.
  2. (intransitive) To make a sibilant buzzing or droning sound.
  3. (transitive) To cause (something) to make such a sound.

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whirr (plural whirrs)

  1. A sibilant buzz or vibration; the sound of something in rapid motion.
  2. A bustle of noise and excitement.

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