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Topic: COLOURS AND SOUNDS

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language

whirr

verb
     
whirr , whir past tense and past participle whirred, present participle whirring [intransitive]
C to make a fairly quiet regular sound, like the sound of a bird or insect moving its wings very fast:
Helicopters whirred overhead.
whirr noun [countable usually singular]
the whirr of an electric motor
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