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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English bir (favorable or strong wind), from Old English byre (strong wind, storm); cognate with Icelandic byrr (sailing winds), Albanian borë (snow), Latin borea (North wind) and Polish burza (storm, thunderstorm).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

birr (plural birrs)

  1. force, vigor, energy
  2. a strong wind.
  3. the force of the wind; rush, impetus, momentum, driving force
  4. a thrust or push
  5. a whirring noise
    • 1916, Colonel J.A. Currie, “XVII The Battle of Neuve Chapelle”, in The Red Watch, With the First Canadian Division in Flanders[1], Reprint edition, Project Gutenberg, published 2009:
      When the British Tommies heard the "birr" of the five-inch Canadian shells they all asked whose they were.
  6. a strong trilling pronunciation
    • 2011 April 24, Kevin McKenna, “Labour needs to challenge Alex Salmond – and quickly”, in The Guardian[2]:
      Gray possesses an unfortunate East of Scotland birr that suggests a 21-year-old student interviewing for his first job.

VerbEdit

birr (third-person singular simple present birrs, present participle birring, simple past and past participle birred)

  1. To make a whirring noise; make a noise like that of revolving wheels, or of millstones at work.

ReferencesEdit

  • Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, 1911
  • Dictionary.com, birr

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for birr in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

Etymology 2Edit

From Amharic ብር (bir, silver)

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

birr (plural birrs)

  1. The currency of Ethiopia, divided into 100 santims.
SynonymsEdit

Usage notesEdit

Before 1976, the official name for the currency in English was dollar.


FrenchEdit

NounEdit

birr m (plural birrs)

  1. birr (Ethiopian currency)

Old IrishEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

birr

  1. inflection of berr:
    1. vocative/genitive singular masculine
    2. accusative/dative singular feminine
    3. genitive singular neuter
    4. nominative plural masculine

MutationEdit

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
birr birr
pronounced with /v(ʲ)-/
mbirr
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

SpanishEdit

NounEdit

birr m (plural birrs)

  1. birr (currency)