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Definition of "burr" [burr]

  • A rough edge or area remaining on material, such as metal, after it has been cast, cut, or drilled. (noun)
  • Variant of bur1. (noun)
  • To form a burr on. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove burrs from. (verb-transitive)
  • A trilling of the letter r, usually made with the tip of the tongue and characteristic of Scottish speech. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "burr" in a sentence
  • "I came to bed to sleep, and every time I'm dozing off nicely and comfortably you begin _burr, burr, burr_, and I can't understand you a bit. ""
  • "By Valleys Mam, at Fri Nov 02, 07:06:00 PM anon - I find no similarity between the accents of Montgomeryshire and there is the world of difference between Llanfair Caereinion and Newtown and what you call the burr used the English side of Offa's Dyke."
  • "The name burr clover has doubtless arisen from the closely coiled seed pod, which, being covered with curved prickles, adhere to wool more or less as burrs do."