birr vs whir what difference

what is difference between birr and whir

English

Etymology 1

From Middle English bir (favorable or strong wind), from Old English byre (strong wind, storm); cognate with Norwegian bør, Icelandic byrr (sailing winds), Albanian borë (snow), Latin borea (North wind) and Polish burza (storm, thunderstorm).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bɜː/
  • (US) IPA(key): /bɝ/, enPR: bûr
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)

Noun

birr (plural birrs)

  1. (Scotland) strength, vigor, energy
  2. (Scotland) The force of movement; rush, impetus, momentum, driving force
  3. (Scotland) A whirring noise
  4. (Scotland) A strong trilling.

Verb

birr (third-person singular simple present birrs, present participle birring, simple past and past participle birred)

  1. (Scotland) To make a whirring noise; make a noise like that of revolving wheels, or of millstones at work.
  2. (Scotland) To lurch or set to spinning.

References

  • Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, 1911
  • Dictionary.com, birr

Etymology 2

From Amharic ብር (bər, silver).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bɪə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /bɪəɹ/, enPR: bîr
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)

Noun

birr (plural birrs)

  1. The currency of Ethiopia, divided into 100 santims.
Synonyms
  • ETB

Usage notes

Before 1976, the official name for the currency in English was dollar.


French

Noun

birr m (plural birrs)

  1. birr (Ethiopian currency)

Old Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bʲir͈ʲ/

Adjective

birr

  1. inflection of berr:
    1. vocative/genitive singular masculine
    2. accusative/dative singular feminine
    3. genitive singular neuter
    4. nominative plural masculine

Mutation


Spanish

Noun

birr m (plural birrs)

  1. birr (currency)


English

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)

Noun

whir (plural whirs)

  1. Alternative spelling of whirr
    • 1909, William Hope Hodgson, The Ghost Pirates
      Suddenly, the time-keeper struck three bells, and the deeper notes of the bell forrard, answered them. I gave a start. It seemed to me that they had been struck close to my elbow. There was something unaccountably strange in the air that night. Then, even as the Second Mate answered the look-out’s “All’s well,” there came the sharp whir and rattle of running gear, on the port side of the mainmast.

Verb

whir (third-person singular simple present whirs, present participle whirring, simple past and past participle whirred)

  1. Alternative spelling of whirr

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Share Buttons and Icons powered by Ultimatelysocial