purr

[pur]
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a low, continuous, murmuring sound expressive of contentment or pleasure, as a cat does.
2.
(of things) to make a sound suggestive of the purring of a cat: The new motor of the car purred.
verb (used with object)
3.
to express by or as if by purring.
noun
4.
the low, vibrating sound made by a cat by the contracting of the laryngeal muscles and the diaphragm as it breathes.
5.
a sound resembling this.
6.
the act of purring.
Also, pur.


Origin:
1595–1605; imitative

purringly, adverb

per, purr (see usage note at per).
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purr (pɜː)
 
vb
1.  (intr) (esp of cats) to make a low vibrant sound, usually considered as expressing pleasure, etc
2.  (tr) to express (pleasure, etc) by this sound
 
n
3.  a purring sound
 
[C17: of imitative origin; compare French ronronner to purr, German schnurren, Dutch snorren]

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purr
c.1600, of imitative origin.
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purr (like a cat) definition


  1. in.
    [for an engine] to run well and smoothly. : New spark plugs and this old heap will really purr like a cat.
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Example sentences
Suppose a collapse in rubbed purr, in rubbed purr get.
His technique and elegance should make any cricket fan purr.
The mumble of humility masks the purr of self-satisfaction.
Compared with the roar of chemical rockets, electric propulsion produces only a
  gentle purr.
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