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Saturday, January 28, 2012

birr

\bur\ , noun, verb;
1.
Force; energy; vigor.
2.
Emphasis in statement, speech, etc.
3.
A whirring sound.
verb:
1.
To move with or make a whirring sound.
Quotes:
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:
Birr is derived from the Icelandic word byrr meaning "favorable wind."
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