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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
  • The cheep of the tackle-blocks could be heard as she was hoisted up, and that ended the incident for the night.

    The Missing Merchantman Harry Collingwood
  • On the island there was not a cheep nor a flutter to break the spell.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • You could carve him to pieces without hearing a cheep, if he decided to keep his mouth shut.

    Raw Gold Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • It is variable and may be written chee-rp, cheep, or chir-eep.

  • She is quite sure that she understands the language of her big dog Tom, and of little cheep her canary.

    Our Children Anatole France
  • Not a crow, nor a jay, nor a chickadee had heart enough to cheep.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp
  • You stay here with the hosses an' if they seem like to pass along without noticing don't you so much as cheep.

    The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters Charles Henry Lerrigo
  • 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
  • With a quick “cheep” I made a desperate spring, and almost as soon as I was in I was out again.

    The Story of Scraggles George Wharton James
  • 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.

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
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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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