purr

Definitions

  • Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired
    Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v purr indicate pleasure by purring; characteristic of cats
    • v purr make a soft swishing sound "the motor whirred","the car engine purred"
    • n purr a low vibrating sound typical of a contented cat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cats purr at 26 cycles per second, the same as an idling diesel engine.
    • n Purr The low murmuring sound made by a cat; pur. See Pur.
    • v. i. & t Purr To murmur as a cat. See Pur.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • purr To utter a low murmuring sound expressive of satisfaction or pleasure, as a cat. The sound is made by throwing the vocal cords into vibration measured and regulated by the respiration; and this vibration is strong enough to make the whole larynx tremble, so that it may be felt or seen from the outside. Purring is highly characteristic of the cat tribe, though probably not confined to it.
    • purr To express or signify by purring.
    • n purr The sound made by a cat in purring.
    • n purr See pur.
    • n purr A sandpiper, Tringa alpina, commonly called dunlin.
    • n purr A bivalve of the family Veneridæ, Tapes decussata. It inhabits chiefly the European coasts on sandy or gravelly bottoms between tide-marks. It burrows in the ground, and is usually indicated by two little holes about an inch apart, made by the siphons. The purrs are held in some esteem for food, being considered better than cockles. Also called butter-fish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Purr pur to utter a low, murmuring sound, as a cat when pleased: to signify by, or as by, purring
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Quotations

  • Adlai E. Stevenson
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    “The Republicans stroke platitudes until they purr like epigrams.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.

Usage

In literature:

How Featherstone would purr with pleasure when he knew!
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
Instead, the tiger looked around, and gave a purr, and then a growl.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
But what is Mrs. Purr saying, with her mouth up to your ear?
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI" by Louisa M. Alcott
I came to the side of the punt and stroked her and she began to purr at once.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
She just drooped and began to purr and looked up at me out of her moonlit eyes under that scar.
"Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Various
It has the very same tender tone in its purr that the magic White Cat had.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
They knew what their mother's step meant at the entrance, and they liked to hear her purr.
"Forest Neighbors" by William Davenport Hulbert
The muffled purr of a high-powered motor disturbed the silence.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
The soft purr of a fresh fire, the pleasant singing of a kettle, set us to laughing at our troubles.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
And then to be able to purr!
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
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In poetry:

Seems as if my heart would break,
But I love yer for her sake,
Don't I, Jim?
See him sit and purr and blink,
Don't yer bet he knows I think
Lots of him?
"Jim" by Joseph C Lincoln
To pay for the fish and the milk and the hay
With a purr had been an easy task:
But its hate and my blood were required to pay
For the gifts that it did not ask.
"Gratitude" by Edith Nesbit
They met me at the porch, and were
Sad-eyed with weeping. Then the room
Shut out the country's heat and purr,
And left light stricken into gloom--
So love and I might look on her.
"A Flower Of The Fields" by Madison Julius Cawein
And so beneath the sheet's caress
My body purrs with happiness;
Joy bubbles in my veins. . . . Ah yes,
My very blood that leaps along
Is chiming in a joyous song,
Because I'm young and free and strong.
"Insomnia" by Robert W Service
Three different shadows of thyself, my babe,
Change with each other while I weep. The first,
The sweetest, yet the not least fraught with pain,
Clings like my living boy around my neck,
Or purrs and murmurs softly at my feet!
"A Mother's Wail" by Henry Timrod
And the waltz from the ballroom I heard,
When I called him a low, sneaking cur.
And the wail of the violins stirred
My brute anger with visions of her.
As I throttled his windpipe, the purr
Of his breath with the waltz became blurred.
"After Hearing A Waltz" by Amy Lowell

In news:

Pooch & Purr on Parade.
Annual Port Orchard Festival of Chimes and Lights Pooch & Purr on Parade.
Smokey the cat purrs all the time, according to her owners, even when she's eating.
Weird News Tags: cat, purr .
A fem fest with ALAK, Group Rhoda, Beastie, Shannon Harney, DJs Hailey, Vee, Rogue, Fuzzbox Flynn, Juliaaa, Rogue, Purr , and more.
Gay Purr -ee Abe Levitow, 1962 USA Format: digital 85 minutes.
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The cat rescue operation Project Purr is celebrating the Fourth of July with special "Feline Independence Day" adoption events.
Purr -fect 'Pic for Pets' app helps increase animal adoption.
Most cats purr at around 25 decibels, but Smokey has been recorded at an average of 80 decibels.
Socialites Purr at Wildlife Conservation Gala.
Krewe of Endymeow ' purr -pares' for 10th ball.
Cat video fest a purr -fect viewing.
MAC and Hello Kitty team up for " purr -fect" makeup collection.
We Have the Keys to the Engine that Makes the Opposite Sex Purr .
"Puss In Boots" is purr -fect.
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