Main definitions of pirr in English

: pirr1pirr2

pirr1

(also purr)

Pronunciation /pəː/

noun

Scottish
  • 1A state of agitation or excitement; a fit of anger.

  • 2A gentle breeze; a light wind. Frequently with of.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Mulcaster (?1532–1611), schoolmaster and author. Apparently a variant of pirrie.

Main definitions of pirr in English

: pirr1pirr2

pirr2

(also pirre, purre, purr)

Pronunciation /pəː/ /pɪə/

noun

Scottish, Irish
  • 1The common tern, Sterna hirundo. Also (Irish English): the cry of the tern.

  • 2The black-headed gull, Larus ridibundus.

Origin

Early 19th century. Apparently short for pirr maw.