Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “purr”


verb [I]     /pɜː/ US  /pɝː/
to make a quiet, continuous, soft sound: The cat purred as I stroked its fur. We could hear the sound of a lawnmower purring in the back garden. A black limousine purred up (= drove up making a quiet, continuous, soft sound) outside the hotel. [+ speech] "I love it when you stroke my back," she purred (= said with pleasure).Animal (non-human) sounds
(Definition of purr verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of purr

More definitions for “purr”

Definitions of “purr” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

well in (with)

to have a good relationship with someone in which they like you and from which you get an advantage

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More