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[cheep] /tʃip/
verb (used without object)
to chirp; peep.
Chiefly South Midland U.S. to reveal or tell a secret (usually used in the phrase cheep it).
verb (used with object)
to express by cheeps.
a chirp.
Origin of cheep
First recorded in 1505-15; imitative
Related forms
cheeper, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cheep
Historical Examples
  • On the island there was not a cheep nor a flutter to break the spell.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • It is variable and may be written chee-rp, cheep, or chir-eep.

  • As he did so there was a faint "cheep, cheep" from below—the herrings were still alive.

    The Deemster

    Hall Caine
  • Not a crow, nor a jay, nor a chickadee had heart enough to cheep.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp
  • In perfect silence, broken only by the "cheep" of the oars in the locks, the five boats swept down on the doomed frigate.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Th' keenin' become waker an' waker till it died down like the cheep ov a willy-wag-tail far off be the ind ov th' road.

  • Not a twitter nor cheep from the hen-house broke the quiet that brooded over everything.

    Peggy Owen and Liberty Lucy Foster Madison
  • But gradually all grew very still, even the birds ceasing to twitter and cheep as they settled themselves for the night.

    The Oriel Window Mrs. Molesworth
  • Its only note while it sojourns here is a chip or cheep which very closely resembles the note of the Field Sparrow in winter.

  • It was very still and hot, and the cheep and trill of the gophers and the chatter of the kingbirds alone broke the silence.

British Dictionary definitions for cheep


the short weak high-pitched cry of a young bird; chirp
(intransitive) (of young birds) to utter characteristic shrill sounds
Derived Forms
cheeper, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cheep

1510s, of imitative origin, originally Scottish. Related: Cheeped; cheeping; cheeper. The noun is attested by 1774.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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