birr

birr

1 [bur]
noun
1.
force; energy; vigor.
2.
emphasis in statement, speech, etc.
3.
a whirring sound.
verb (used without object)
4.
to move with or make a whirring sound.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English bire, bur, Old English byre strong wind; cognate with Icelandic byrr favorable wind; akin to bear1

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birr

2 [beer]
noun, plural birr.
a paper money, silver coin, and monetary unit of Ethiopia, equal to 100 cents: replaced the Ethiopian dollar in 1976.
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birr1 (bɜː)
 
vb
1.  to make or cause to make a whirring sound
 
n
2.  a whirring sound
3.  force, as of wind
4.  vigour; energy
 
[Old English byre storm, related to Old Norse byrr favourable wind]

birr2 (bɜː)
 
n
the standard monetary unit of Ethiopia, divided into 100 cents
 
[C20: from Amharic]

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