Etymology 1Edit

whirr +‎ -y



whirry (comparative more whirry, superlative most whirry)

  1. (rare) Making a whirr sound or motion.


whirry (plural whirries)

  1. (obsolete) A sudden or quick movement; a whirr.


whirry (third-person singular simple present whirries, present participle whirrying, simple past and past participle whirried)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To convey swiftly.
    • 1817, Sir Walter Scott, Tales of my Landlord:
      See now, mither, what ye hae dune," whispered Cuddie ; ' " there's the Philistines, as ye ca' them, are gaun to whirry awa' Mr. Henry, and a' wi' your nashgab, deil be on't !".
    • 1820, Sir Walter Scott, Monastery:
      Some of the quality, that were o' his ain unhappy persuasion, had the corpse whirried away up the water.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To hurry; to go swiftly.
    • 1818, Sir Walter Scott, Heart of Mid-Lothian:
      Her and the gudeman will be whirrying through the blue lift on a broom-shank.

Etymology 2Edit


whirry (plural whirries)

  1. Obsolete spelling of wherry