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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Definitions for birr

  1. Force; energy; vigor.
  2. Emphasis in statement, speech, etc.
  3. A whirring sound.

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Citations for birr
She pursed her lips and, expertly, imitated the red-winged blackbird's call: not the liquid piping of the wood thrush, which dipped down into the dry tcch tchh tchh of the cricket's birr and up again in delirious, sobbing trills… Donna Tartt, The Little Friend: A Novel
I turn to the woman. There's a wheezing birr coming from her own bleached-out face. Irvine Welsh, Filth
Origin of birr
Birr is derived from the Icelandic word byrr meaning "favorable wind."