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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).

HURR, v., n., int. Also hur; horr (Jak.). [hʌr, hɔr]

I. v. To make a whirring sound (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); Ork. 1929 Marw.; I.Sc., Cai. 1957); to purr, as a cat (Jak.; Marw.); to wheeze, breathe heavily.Ags. 1853 W. Blair Aberbrothock 30:
Mony a lang nicht she lay hur, hur, hurrin' an' clocherin' awa.
Sh. 1877 G. Stewart Fireside Tales 97:
Auld granny in the corner sits, Her spinnin' wheel fast hurrin'.

II. n. A whirring, whirling sound (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); I.Sc. 1957); the purr of a cat (Jak.; Ork. 1929 Marw.); a hoarseness of voice.Sh. 1891 J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 20:
Shü spak agen wi crex and hurr.

III. int. A purring, murmuring sound used to express pleasure or contentment (Sh. 1957).Sc. 1836 J. Baillie Witchcraft i. iii:
Hurr, hurr! (making a noise in his throat to express pleasure) it's a-coming.
Sh. 1947 Sh. Folk Bk. (Tait) I. 47:
Hurr dee, Hurr dee, Mammie sall keep dee, Hurr dee, Hurr dee, Mammie is here.

[Imit. in orig. Cf. Mid.Eng. hurr, to buzz, Norw. and Sw. dial. hurra, id.]

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"Hurr v., n., interj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 29 Sep 2022 <>



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