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From Middle English hurren (to buzz). Cognate with German hurren, Danish hurre (to buzz, hum), Swedish hurra. More at hurry.



hurr (third-person singular simple present hurrs, present participle hurring, simple past and past participle hurred)

  1. (intransitive) to hum; buzz
  2. (obsolete) To make a rolling, trilling, or burring sound; gnarl
    R is the dog's letter, and hurreth in the sound. — Ben Jonson.
    • 2010, Chris d'Lacey, The Last Dragon Chronicles: Dark Fire
      Speak again, she hurred, making mouth movements with her paws.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for hurr in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)