- The definition of a burr is the sound of the trilling of the r with the top of the tongue or a rough edge left on metal after drilling.
- An example of a burr is a Scottish accent.
- An example of burr is the sharp edge on a newly-drilled hole.
- a rough edge or ridge left on metal or other material by cutting or drilling
- a washer on the small end of a rivet
- bur (senses , , & )
Origin of burrvariant, variety of bur
- to form a rough edge on
- to remove burrs from (metal)
- the trilling of r, with uvula or tongue, as in the dialectal speech of northern England and Scotland
- a whirring sound
Origin of burrprobably echoic
- to speak with a burr
- to make a whir
- A trilling of the letter r, usually made with the tip of the tongue and characteristic of Scottish speech.
- A buzzing or whirring sound.
verbburred burred, burr·ing, burrs also burs
- To speak with a burr.
- To make a buzzing or whirring sound.
Origin of burrImitative.
Origin of burrMiddle English burre, ring, disk, alteration of burwhe, circle, disk.
- A sharp, pointy object, such as a sliver or splinter.
- A bur; a seed pod with sharp features that stick in fur or clothing.
- A small piece of material left on an edge after a cutting operation.
- A thin flat piece of metal, formed from a sheet by punching; a small washer put on the end of a rivet before it is swaged down.
- A broad iron ring on a tilting lance just below the grip, to prevent the hand from slipping.
- The earlobe.
- The knot at the bottom of an antler.
- A rough humming sound.
- A rolled "r".
(third-person singular simple present burrs, present participle burring, simple past and past participle burred)
- To pronounce with a rolled "r".
- (intransitive) To make a rough humming sound.
Onomatopoeia, influenced by bur.
- (UK) Alternative spelling of burl.