What does whir mean?

Definitions for whir
ʰwɜr, wɜrwhir

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word whir.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. whir, whirr, whirring, birr(verb)

    sound of something in rapid motion

    "whir of a bird's wings"; "the whir of the propellers"

  2. whizz, whiz, whirr, whir, birr, purr(verb)

    make a soft swishing sound

    "the motor whirred"; "the car engine purred"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whir(verb)

    to whirl round, or revolve, with a whizzing noise; to fly or more quickly with a buzzing or whizzing sound; to whiz

  2. Whir(verb)

    to hurry a long with a whizzing sound

  3. Whir(noun)

    a buzzing or whizzing sound produced by rapid or whirling motion; as, the whir of a partridge; the whir of a spinning wheel

  4. Origin: [See Whir to whiz.]


  1. WHIR

    WHIR is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Danville, Kentucky, USA. The station is currently owned by Hometown Broadcastng of Danville Inc.WHIR features The Charlie Perry Show which can be heard Monday through Friday from 6-9 am. Sean Hannity, Dave Ramsey, and other nationwide syndicated shows are also carried, along with area and local sporting events.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whir

    hwėr, n. a sound from rapid whirling.—v.i. to whirl round with a noise.—v.t. (Shak.) to hurry away with a whizzing sound:—pr.p. whir′ring; pa.t. and pa.p. whirred.—n. Whir′ring. [Dan. hvirre, to whirl; ult. imit.]

Suggested Resources

  1. WHIR

    What does WHIR stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the WHIR acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

How to pronounce whir?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say whir in sign language?

  1. whir


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whir in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whir in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Images & Illustrations of whir

  1. whirwhirwhirwhirwhir

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for whir

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for whir »


Find a translation for the whir definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these whir definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"whir." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 9 Apr. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/whir>.

Are we missing a good definition for whir? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for whir:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.