Do you hear that birr coming from under the stove, or am I fucking nuts?


Verb (Intransitive)

  1. To make, or move with, a whirring noise, as of wheels in motion.

Noun

  1. A whirring sound, as of a spinning wheel.
  2. A rush or impetus; force.

Pronunciations

  • /bɜː/
  • /bɝ/

Origin

From Middle English bir, from Old English byre; cognate with Norwegian bør, Icelandic byrr, Albanian borë, Latin borea and Polish burza.


Noun

  1. The basic monetary unit of Ethiopia divided into 100 santims.

Notes

Until 1976, the official name for the Ethiopian currency in English was dollar.


Synonyms

  • ETB

Pronunciations

  • /bɪə/
  • /bɪəɹ/

Origin

From Amharic.


Cite this Entry

Modern Language Association (MLA Style)

“Birr.” The Effin’ Word, The Effin’ Word, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/birr. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

The Effin’ Word, s.v. “birr”, accessed January 17, 2021, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/birr.

The Effin’ Word. (n.d.). Birr. In The Effin’ Word. Retrieved January 17, 2021, from https://effinwords.com/dictionary/birr


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