- onrush or driving force; impetus
- a vibrant whirring sound
Origin of birrMiddle English bir from Old Norse byrr, impetus, strong wind from Indo-European base an unverified form bher-, bear
Origin of birrAmharic, silver
- A whirring sound.
- Strong forward momentum; driving force.
intransitive verbbirred, birr·ing, birrs
Origin of birrMiddle English bir favorable wind from Old Norse byrr ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
nounpl. birr, or birrs
Origin of birrAmharic bərr silver, silver taler bearing the portrait of Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa (used as currency throughout East Africa and the Indian Ocean region until recent times), birr brr
(third-person singular simple present birrs, present participle birring, simple past and past participle birred)
- To make a whirring noise; make a noise like that of revolving wheels, or of millstones at work.
From Middle English bir (“favorable or strong wind; assault, blow strike, violence, fury; strength”), from Old English byre (“strong wind, storm”); cognate with Icelandic byrr (“sailing winds”), Albanian borë (“snow”) and Latin borea (“North wind”).
From Amharic ብር (bir, “silver”)
birr - Investment & Finance Definition
The currency unit of Ethiopia, comprised of 100 cents.