Definition of purr in English:

purr

verb

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

    • ‘The cat purred loudly as he petted her and paid attention to her.’
    • ‘The kitten purred loudly and licked Landon's hand.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Lauren groomed Samoa's soft fur gently, and the cat purred loudly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cat purred in agreement, rubbing against the girl's cheek.’
    • ‘Petting the cat went fine, the cat purred and wrapped itself around my legs, so far so good.’
    • ‘The cat purred loudly as Daniel scratched him behind the ears.’
    • ‘I wish to be inside listening to the sound of my cats purring while they slept in my lap.’
    • ‘The only sounds were the cat's purring, the clock ticking, and her own deep breaths.’
    • ‘The cat purred contentedly and settled against Nicholas' chest with a wide yawn.’
    • ‘The Siamese cat purred and lazily walked towards the kitchen.’
    • ‘The cat began purring and Misa scratched her head lovingly.’
    • ‘The orange striped black cat purred and stalked towards the pool table, curling through her mistress' legs.’
    • ‘A vibrating sound resonates through my chest cavity, like a cat purring.’
    • ‘‘Morning Stinky, you fat cat,’ she murmured, falling asleep to the cat's purring.’
    • ‘What makes him think that a cat doesn't purr because it's happy?’
    • ‘The brown, black, and white cat purred as Ashlei began to rub it.’
    1. 1.1(of a vehicle or engine) move smoothly while making a low vibratory sound.
      ‘a sleek blue BMW purred past him’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As more than sixty of the elegant vehicles pompously purred their way through the city.’
      • ‘My convertible purred to a near halt, maintaining a turtle speed as I skimmed the sidewalks on the way to school.’
      • ‘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 '69 midnight blue mustang purred to life and she roared down the street.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gwen pulled to a stop in front of the Browning mansion, the Benz's engine purring softly under the shiny silver hood.’
      • ‘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 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!’
      • ‘In the not-so-distant future, we could be seeing their delivery trucks purring along on cocodiesel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He started the car, and drove off, into the horizon, his car engine purring like a happy kitten.’
      • ‘The car zoomed up behind Jack's BMW, its engine purring and the bright sun reflecting off its red chassis.’
      • ‘The roads are clear, and the Lexus purrs into life as we speed through the winter mist to stake-out the suspect.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Salmond machine purred into town and blew away the cobwebs.’
    2. 1.2Speak in a low soft voice, especially when expressing contentment or acting seductively.
      [with direct speech] ‘“Would you like coffee?” she purred’
      [with object] ‘she purred her lines seductively’
      • ‘Diana purred her pleasure, and snuggled closer.’
      • ‘A silky voice purred and I cringed, hating myself for what I was about to do.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lee purred stepping closer, his eyes half open in what I thought was supposed to be a seductive manner.’
      • ‘Raven purred sliding her tiny hand into his, ‘Gina didn't tell me how incredibly good-looking you are.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘This was a great team display, a display which left manager Ian Moffett purring with delight.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I purred a little, to catch Dauragon's attention, and he smiled thinly down at me.’
      • ‘The female voice purred seductively in his ear.’
      • ‘No, I didn't soothe him with purring words of empathy.’
      • ‘She purred the words, a smile lulled onto her lips.’
      • ‘‘Mm, I see,’ she purred letting the sheet droop even lower on her body to expose more of her skin.’
      • ‘Her voice was low and purring, seductive and soothing.’
      • ‘His voice was soft, almost purring, and friendly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Hey, Devlin’, purred the young women as he slowly inched his way along.’

noun

  • A low continuous vibratory sound, typically that made by a cat or vehicle.

    • ‘When they had moved perhaps 70 yards away and out of sight, I picked up a slate call and made one very light purr and cluck.’
    • ‘The small feline's purr was clearly audible to Wendy, who smiled.’
    • ‘Making contact with my cheek she strokes it softly, letting out another purr.’
    • ‘She gently petted the top of his head and noticed how, much like a cat, his eyes started closing in pleasure and the unmistakable vibration of a purr reached her.’
    • ‘It would sound a twelve beat purr then go silent for a few seconds then start again.’
    • ‘He moved with a liquid grace, and his voice was a deep, throaty purr,’
    • ‘Every night she'd come up and turn herself into position, put her head down on my chest and purr.’
    • ‘From deep within him a low melodic purr slowly began to grow, building slowly with each passing moment.’
    • ‘All she heard were her footsteps on the hardwood floor, the knock against the office door and the muffled ‘Come in,’ followed by a near silent purr.’
    • ‘Maybe the cat will come sit with me and I can drift off to the sound of her purrs.’
    • ‘His long coat fans all over me, and his chest vibrates with a pleased purr when I stroke his stomach.’
    • ‘He finished with an exceedingly arrogant purr.’
    • ‘His chuckle at my confused frown sounded more like a purr.’
    • ‘Sometimes it was more vibration than sound, a swelling purr.’
    • ‘She continues her satisfied purrs once again, and I join her, smiling warmly down at her, she's being so much nicer to me now.’
    • ‘Dario let out a sorrowful catlike purr and sniffed.’
    • ‘Pheonix leaned his muzzle close to her face and rubbed his warm but wet nose against her cheek, giving off a sound close to a purr, but possibly it was an affectionate growl.’
    • ‘Stroking in circular motions, tracing down her sides, then up her spine and outward again to repeat the process; continuing to receive encouraging purrs from her.’
    • ‘He started to drift off to sleep at the soothing sound of the cat's purr, but was awakened by his mother storming into the room causing the door to smack against the wall.’
    • ‘Back at Gleb and Sherry's condo, Yoli and I were introduced to their cat, a sleek animal that was actually friendly, with nearly continuous purrs or meows emanating from its cute little open mouth.’

Origin

Early 17th century: imitative.

Pronunciation:

purr

/pər/