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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bur, burrnoun

    seed vessel having hooks or prickles

  2. bur, burrverb

    small bit used in dentistry or surgery

  3. bur, burrverb

    remove the burrs from


  1. burnoun

    A rough, prickly husk around the seeds or fruit of some plants.

  2. burnoun

    Any of several plants having such husks.

  3. burnoun

    A rotary cutting implement having a selection of variously shaped heads.

  4. Etymology: From Germanic *būraz. Cognate with Old Saxon būr, Old High German būr (German Bauer ‘birdcage’), Old Norse búr (Swedish bur).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bur, Bour, Bor

    Etymology: come from the Sax. bur , an inner-chamber, or place of shade and retirement. Edmund Gibson Camden.

  2. Burnoun

    A rough head of a plant, which sticks to the hair or cloaths.

    Etymology: bourre, Fr. is down; the bur being filled with a soft tomentum, or down.

    Nothing teems,
    But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs,
    Losing both beauty and utility. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Hang off, thou cat, thou bur; vile thing, let loose;
    Or I will shake thee from me like a serpent. William Shakespeare.

    Dependents and suitors are always the burs, and sometimes the briers of favourites. Henry Wotton.

    Whither betake her
    From the chill dew, amongst rude burs and thistles. John Milton.

    And where the vales with violets once were crown’d,
    Now knotty burs and thorns disgrace the ground. Dryden.

    A fellow stuck like a bur, that there was no shaking him off. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of J. Bull.


  1. bur

    A bur is a type of seed or dry fruit in which the outer surface catches onto fur or clothing. Often, these burs help in seed dispersal for plants. The term is also used in reference to a rotary cutting tool used in dentistry and other precision jobs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burnoun

    alt. of Burr

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bur

    Burr, bur, the prickly seed-case or head of certain plants, which sticks to clothes: any impediment or inconvenient adherent: any lump, ridge, &c., more or less sharp, a knot on a tree, knot in thread, knob at the base of a deer's horn, &c.: waste raw silk: the sweetbread or pancreas: (Scot.) club-moss: the name for various tools and appliances, as the triangular chisel for clearing the corners of mortises, &c.: the blank driven out of a piece of sheet-metal by a punch: a partly vitrified brick.—ns. Bur′dock, a dock with a bur or prickly head; Bur′-this′tle, the spear-thistle.—Bur in the throat, something seeming to stick in the throat, producing a choking sensation. [Cog. with Dan. borre, a bur.]

  2. Bur

    Burr, bur, n. the rough sound of r pronounced in the throat, as in Northumberland—v.i. to whisper hoarsely, to murmur. [Usually associated with preceding, but perh. from the sound.]

  3. Bur

    bur, n. in an engraving, a slight ridge of metal raised on the edges of a line by the graver or the dry point, producing an effect like a smear, but dexterously used by some etchers, as Rembrandt, to deepen their shadows.

Editors Contribution

  1. bur

    The etymologically of various spellings for bōr / bor / boor / bour / būr / bur has been diversely associated with the New Persian lexeme bur / būr / bōr

    Submitted by Borbor on January 9, 2022  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BUR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bur is ranked #40909 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bur surname appeared 533 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bur.

    84.4% or 450 total occurrences were White.
    6.7% or 36 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 18 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.8% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bur in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bur in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of bur in a Sentence

  1. Leslie Jordan a special Emmy:

    They stopped for lunch and mama asked the girl,' Where are we we, how do we pronounce it, that girl said' BUR-GER King.' Y' all think I made that up. You can't make this s *** up.

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