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purr

 (pûr)
n.
1. The soft vibrant sound made by a cat.
2. A sound similar to that made by a cat: the purr of an engine.
v. purred, purr·ing, purrs
v.intr.
To make or utter a soft vibrant sound: The cat purred. The sewing machine purred.
v.tr.
To express by a soft vibrant sound.

[Imitative.]

purr

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

purr

(pɜr)

n.
1. the low, continuous, vibrating sound a cat makes, as when contented.
2. any similar sound, esp. one expressive of ease or contentment: the purr of the new motor.
v.i.
3. to utter such a sound.
4. to speak in a murmuring tone, esp. one indicative of smugness or malice.
v.t.
5. to express in or as if in a purr.
[1595–1605; imitative]
purr′ing•ly, adv.

purr


Past participle: purred
Gerund: purring

Imperative
purr
purr
Present
I purr
you purr
he/she/it purrs
we purr
you purr
they purr
Preterite
I purred
you purred
he/she/it purred
we purred
you purred
they purred
Present Continuous
I am purring
you are purring
he/she/it is purring
we are purring
you are purring
they are purring
Present Perfect
I have purred
you have purred
he/she/it has purred
we have purred
you have purred
they have purred
Past Continuous
I was purring
you were purring
he/she/it was purring
we were purring
you were purring
they were purring
Past Perfect
I had purred
you had purred
he/she/it had purred
we had purred
you had purred
they had purred
Future
I will purr
you will purr
he/she/it will purr
we will purr
you will purr
they will purr
Future Perfect
I will have purred
you will have purred
he/she/it will have purred
we will have purred
you will have purred
they will have purred
Future Continuous
I will be purring
you will be purring
he/she/it will be purring
we will be purring
you will be purring
they will be purring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been purring
you have been purring
he/she/it has been purring
we have been purring
you have been purring
they have been purring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been purring
you will have been purring
he/she/it will have been purring
we will have been purring
you will have been purring
they will have been purring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been purring
you had been purring
he/she/it had been purring
we had been purring
you had been purring
they had been purring
Conditional
I would purr
you would purr
he/she/it would purr
we would purr
you would purr
they would purr
Past Conditional
I would have purred
you would have purred
he/she/it would have purred
we would have purred
you would have purred
they would have purred
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purr - a low vibrating sound typical of a contented cat
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
Verb1.purr - make a soft swishing sound; "the motor whirred"; "the car engine purred"
sound, go - make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"
2.purr - indicate pleasure by purringpurr - indicate pleasure by purring; characteristic of cats
resonate, vibrate - sound with resonance; "The sound resonates well in this theater"
Translations
قَرْقَرَه، خَرْخَرَهيُخَرْخِريُقَرْقِر، يُخَرْخِر
přístpředení
spindespinden
kehrätä
presti
doromboldorombolás
malmala
ゴロゴロとのどを鳴らす
가르랑거리다
murkimasmurktiparpimasparpti
murrāšanamurrātņurrāšanaņurrāt
pradenie
presti
spinna
เสียงที่แสดงความพอใจ
mırıldamakmırıldanmakmırıltımırlama
rên gừ gừ

purr

[pɜːʳ]
A. Nronroneo m
B. VI [cat, engine] → ronronear
C. VT (= say) → susurrar, decir suavemente

purr

[ˈpɜːr]
n [cat] → ronronnement m
[engine] → ronronnement m
vi
[cat] → ronronner
[engine] → ronronner
[person] (with pleasure, satisfaction)ronronner
to purr with pleasure → ronronner de plaisir
to purr with satisfaction → ronronner de satisfaction

purr

vi (cat, fig: person) → schnurren; (engine)surren
vt (= say)säuseln
nSchnurren nt no pl, → Surren nt no pl

purr

[pɜːʳ]
1. n (of cat) → le fusa fpl
2. vifar le fusa

purr

(pəː) verb
to make the low, murmuring sound of a cat when it is pleased.
noun
such a sound.

purr

يُخَرْخِر příst spinde schnurren γουργουρίζω ronronear kehrätä ronronner presti fare le fusa ゴロゴロとのどを鳴らす 가르랑거리다 spinnen male mruknąć ronronar урчать spinna เสียงที่แสดงความพอใจ mırıldanmak rên gừ gừ 猫打呼噜
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Unhesitatingly, he stepped into the tangle of branches close to the panther's side, still voicing his friendly and conciliatory purr.
Later in the day the scent of a deer sent Tarzan into the trees, and when he had dropped his noose about the animal's neck he called to Sheeta, using a purr similar to that which he had utilized to pacify the brute's suspicions earlier in the day, but a trifle louder and more shrill.
At such times, under an abated sun; afloat all day upon smooth, slow heaving swells; seated in his boat, light as a birch canoe; and so sociably mixing with the soft waves themselves, that like hearth-stone cats they purr against the gunwale; these are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang.
He coolly curled up in Anne's lap and began to purr.
Not that the bride was displeased with the embraces of her amorous bridegroom; for, though some have remarked that cats are subject to ingratitude, yet women and cats too will be pleased and purr on certain occasions.
Their prodigious bounds and the shrill, screeching purr of their uncanny mouths were well calculated to confuse and terrorize their prey, so that as two of them leaped simultaneously from either side, the mighty sweep of those awful tails met with no resistance and two more green Martians went down to an ignoble death.
Most mellifluously did he purr as we crowded around to stroke him; with friendly joy he licked our hands with his little red tongue; poor Paddy was a thankful cat; he was no longer lost, starving, imprisoned, helpless; he was with his comrades once more and he was going home--home to his old familiar haunts of orchard and dairy and granary, to his daily rations of new milk and cream, to the cosy corner of his own fireside.
A loud purr, like the singing of a tea-kettle or the hum of a spinning-wheel, testified that she was as comfortable and happy as a cat could be.
He was so large and effulgent that one hardly missed the sun, and his resounding purrs formed a pleasant accompaniment to the laughter and conversation which went on around Captain Jim's fireplace.
Rumbling--This sounds a lot like a purr, but it's much deeper, and the guinea pig's body vibrates.
He said the water shortage would be overcome when the Phase 3 project of Khan Purr Dam is concluded.
Murtagh added: "We've got a few horses entered that weekend and Dalkova and Purr Along are likely to run.