- 1[intransitive] when a cat purrs, it makes a low continuous sound in the throat, especially when it is happy or comfortable The cat was purring contentedly on my lap.
- 2[intransitive] (of a machine or vehicle) to make a low continuous sound; to move making such a sound a purring engine The car purred away.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) to speak in a low and gentle voice, for example to show you are happy or satisfied, or because you want to attract someone or get them to do something He was purring with satisfaction.
NAmE//pər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they purr
he / she / it purrs
past simple purred
-ing form purring
the purr of a cat/a car engine
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