burr 2 also bur (bûr)
1. A trilling of the letter r, usually made with the tip of the tongue and characteristic of Scottish speech.
2. A buzzing or whirring sound.
v. burred, burr·ing, burrs also burs
To pronounce with a burr.
1. To speak with a burr.
2. To make a buzzing or whirring sound.
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