Definition of purr in English:

purr

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 (of a cat) make a low continuous vibratory sound expressing contentment:

    ‘the cat purred loudly, rubbing against her legs’
    • ‘Lauren groomed Samoa's soft fur gently, and the cat purred loudly.’
    • ‘What makes him think that a cat doesn't purr because it's happy?’
    • ‘The cat purred loudly as Daniel scratched him behind the ears.’
    • ‘Petting the cat went fine, the cat purred and wrapped itself around my legs, so far so good.’
    • ‘The orange striped black cat purred and stalked towards the pool table, curling through her mistress' legs.’
    • ‘‘Morning Stinky, you fat cat,’ she murmured, falling asleep to the cat's purring.’
    • ‘The kitten purred loudly and licked Landon's hand.’
    • ‘The cat purred loudly as he petted her and paid attention to her.’
    • ‘I wish to be inside listening to the sound of my cats purring while they slept in my lap.’
    • ‘The brown, black, and white cat purred as Ashlei began to rub it.’
    • ‘The cat purred with magnificent indifference and left via the flap Arthur had fitted so badly they'd had to employ a carpenter to put things right.’
    • ‘Ant muttered quietly, as the cat purred loudly and began to settle herself in his lap, claws digging in through his denim jeans.’
    • ‘The cat began purring and Misa scratched her head lovingly.’
    • ‘The Siamese cat purred and lazily walked towards the kitchen.’
    • ‘The cat purred contentedly and settled against Nicholas' chest with a wide yawn.’
    • ‘The cat purred in agreement, rubbing against the girl's cheek.’
    • ‘The cat purred and slowly closed her eyes, sticking her claws back into his stomach to find a better perch.’
    • ‘He's not sure that cats purr to self-heal, but there is a clipping in my box in the basement that says that purring is very close to the ultra sound that we use on bone fractures.’
    • ‘A vibrating sound resonates through my chest cavity, like a cat purring.’
    • ‘The only sounds were the cat's purring, the clock ticking, and her own deep breaths.’
    1. 1.1[no object, with adverbial of direction] (of a vehicle or engine) move smoothly while making a similar sound:
      ‘a sleek blue BMW purred past him’
      • ‘As more than sixty of the elegant vehicles pompously purred their way through the city.’
      • ‘Still, it won't the the only thing on that peninsula that's becoming a rich person's plaything, judging by the flash cars purring in and out of the yuppie village.’
      • ‘The '69 midnight blue mustang purred to life and she roared down the street.’
      • ‘My convertible purred to a near halt, maintaining a turtle speed as I skimmed the sidewalks on the way to school.’
      • ‘As the sky made its final graduations to ink black, a single car purred softly up the road, but no one inside the houses were out to notice.’
      • ‘If you drove a formula one racing car to work and you stopped at the garage to put in high-octane fuel, your car would purr with delight and function to the best of its capabilities.’
      • ‘The car softly purred to a stop outside her house, and a man, sleekly and darkly dressed, got out and confidently walked straight into the house!’
      • ‘The car zoomed up behind Jack's BMW, its engine purring and the bright sun reflecting off its red chassis.’
      • ‘Gwen pulled to a stop in front of the Browning mansion, the Benz's engine purring softly under the shiny silver hood.’
      • ‘They were not disappointed as the 25 vintage cars purred into town, making a grand tour of the area after the parade for the occasion.’
      • ‘The high priced vehicles that purred their way down the streets, the pollution free electrical engines carrying the people of this level around, were far more expensive than anyone on a lower level could afford.’
      • ‘People rarely walked up this way to Tamberly Road and the large houses looming at the end of it, preferring to purr their way up in sleek black cars.’
      • ‘He started the car, and drove off, into the horizon, his car engine purring like a happy kitten.’
      • ‘They buy a secondhand sub that sounds fine as it purrs its way out of Faslane, but a day out of port, the vessel is swept by a serious fire. The Canadians are far too polite to say as much, but they feel as though they've been had.’
      • ‘The Salmond machine purred into town and blew away the cobwebs.’
      • ‘Sighs of relief all round as the car sailed along, engine purring and gears enjoying a well-deserved rest.’
      • ‘As the blue Mercedes purred down I - 91 towards Lone Woman Mountain, I put my past behind me where it belonged.’
      • ‘The roads are clear, and the Lexus purrs into life as we speed through the winter mist to stake-out the suspect.’
      • ‘In the not-so-distant future, we could be seeing their delivery trucks purring along on cocodiesel.’
    2. 1.2 Speak in a low, soft voice, especially when expressing contentment or acting seductively:
      [with direct speech] ‘‘Would you like a coffee?’ she purred’
      • ‘Lee purred stepping closer, his eyes half open in what I thought was supposed to be a seductive manner.’
      • ‘The words themselves were harsh, but the voice was the warm, purring sound of a female he knew he had never met before.’
      • ‘‘Only if y-you come with me,’ she purred getting to her feet.’
      • ‘I purred a little, to catch Dauragon's attention, and he smiled thinly down at me.’
      • ‘This was a great team display, a display which left manager Ian Moffett purring with delight.’
      • ‘Raven purred sliding her tiny hand into his, ‘Gina didn't tell me how incredibly good-looking you are.’’
      • ‘Nicholas had leaned over the couch between an unphased Dominique and yours truly and snuggled his face right next to mine to purr that particular question.’
      • ‘A silky voice purred and I cringed, hating myself for what I was about to do.’
      • ‘Diana purred her pleasure, and snuggled closer.’
      • ‘‘Mm, I see,’ she purred letting the sheet droop even lower on her body to expose more of her skin.’
      • ‘Maybe, who always wore stiletto heals and whit eyeliner around her bright blue eyes, she made me think of a kitty cat, slinking around in silk dresses and purring her hellos.’
      • ‘Her voice was low and purring, seductive and soothing.’
      • ‘She purred the words, a smile lulled onto her lips.’
      • ‘‘Come back to bed sugar’ she purred letting the sheet drop and laid back against the pillows.’
      • ‘I slipped between the sheets of the bed in the darkness, and Tabitha wrapped herself around me and purred me to sleep.’
      • ‘The voice purred in his head, clear as though someone had leant down to his ear and spoken in the normal tone of conversational speech.’
      • ‘The female voice purred seductively in his ear.’
      • ‘‘Hey, Devlin’, purred the young women as he slowly inched his way along.’
      • ‘No, I didn't soothe him with purring words of empathy.’
      • ‘His voice was soft, almost purring, and friendly.’

noun

  • A purring sound:

    ‘a contented purr’
    ‘with a soft purr, the car headed out on to the road’
    • ‘The only sound is the purr of absurdly opulent motorised yachts cruising out of the harbour for a day messing about on the waves.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, the only noises in the car were Angus whimpering and the quiet purr of the car.’
    • ‘It was amazing how the birds knew the exact spot from whence the soft purr had come.’
    • ‘The ferret gobbled them up eagerly and curled up in Nathalie's lap, making a strange noise that sounded like something between a snore and a purr.’
    • ‘There was a soft purr and then Kino jumped onto the counter top and began to gnaw at the slab of pepperoni that was lying on the cutting board.’
    • ‘Clicks, purrs, growls, squeals, and roars are my only forms of verbal communication.’
    • ‘With its long slide soaking up most of recoil, firing the pistol was as tame as the purr of a contented kitten.’
    • ‘The sleeping little cotton clad body tucked snugly inside, stirred gently and let out a soft purr from its throat.’
    • ‘A stifled purr of laughter escapes from several of the crew members.’
    • ‘With his eyes closed, all that he could hear was the rhythmic drumming of water upon the car and the soft purr of its engine.’
    • ‘She made a low noise: not a purr, not quite a growl and I released a shuddering breath into the encompassing warmth of her fur.’
    • ‘I sat on the counter with Blinky, stroking her, and listening to her soft purr.’
    • ‘It beeped and whirred to life, the hard-drive sounding its soft purr as it accessed the system files needed to rouse the little giant.’
    • ‘Over the course of the album, Harvey sings, hums, purrs, croons, squeals, dictates, shrieks, and whispers her lyrics to remarkable effect.’
    • ‘The engine roaring to life and quieting down to a soft purr.’
    • ‘So the house settled to the happy snip-snip of shears, and the gentle purr of the lawnmower outside and me tip-tapping on the keyboard inside.’
    • ‘But when he chose his voice was as velvety and soft as her own purr, and so deep you could drown in it.’
    • ‘A muffled wind chime harmonized with the occasional car engine, whose purrs suggested heated seats and warm fans and glowing cigarette lighters.’
    • ‘I can hear the click click of bicycle chains and the gentle purr of cars rolling past behind me, mimicking the lapping sound of the waves.’
    • ‘He murmured then, in a soft purr, ‘I could get used to this.’’

Origin

Early 17th century: imitative.

Pronunciation:

purr

/pəː/