Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “whirr”


verb [I] mainly UK (US usually whir (-rr-))     /wɜːr/ US  /wɝː/
(especially of machines) to make a low, soft, continuous sound: I could hear the washing machine whirring in the kitchen.Sounds made by objects, movement or impact whirr (mainly US whir)     noun [C usually singular] the whirr of machinerySounds made by objects, movement or impact
(Definition of whirr verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of whirr

Word of the Day


showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself

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