churr vs whirr what difference

what is difference between churr and whirr

English

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)

Verb

churr (third-person singular simple present churrs, present participle churring, simple past and past participle churred)

  1. Alternative spelling of chirr (to make an insect sound)
  2. To make the low vocal sound of some birds.

Noun

churr (plural churrs)

  1. Alternative spelling of chirr (insect sound)
  2. A low vocal sound made by some birds.


English

Alternative forms

  • whir

Etymology

From Middle English whirren, probably from Old Norse: compare Danish hvirre, virre, Norwegian kvirre, Old Norse hvirfla (to whirl, spread).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /wɜː/ or IPA(key): /ʍɜː/ (especially Scottish English)
  • (US) enPR: wûr, IPA(key): /wɝ/ or enPR: hwûr, IPA(key): /ʍɝ/ (in accents without the wine-whine merger)
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)
  • Homophone: were (in accents with the wine-whine merger)

Verb

whirr (third-person singular simple present whirrs, present participle whirring, simple past and past participle whirred)

  1. To move or vibrate (something) with a buzzing sound.
  2. (intransitive) To make a sibilant buzzing or droning sound.
  3. (transitive) To cause (something) to make such a sound.

Synonyms

  • (make a sibilant buzzing or droning sound): buzz, drone, hum, purr, whine, whistle, whizz
  • (cause (something) to make such a sound):

Translations

Noun

whirr (plural whirrs)

  1. A sibilant buzz or vibration; the sound of something in rapid motion.
    • 2007, Jeffrey Engel, Sherol Engel, & James A. Swan, Chasing The Hunter’s Dream: 1,001 of the World’s Best Duck Marshes, Deer Runs, Elk Meadows, Pheasant Fields, Bear Woods, Safaris, and Extraordinary Hunts, HarperCollins (2007), →ISBN, page 212:
      Then the exploding whirr of wings in the wind — a mixed covey of bobwhites and scalies.
  2. A bustle of noise and excitement.

Synonyms

  • (sibilant buzz or vibration): buzz, drone, hum, purr, whine, whistle, whizz
  • (bustle of noise and excitement): bustle, hustle

Translations


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