- to chirp; peep.
- Chiefly South Midland U.S. to reveal or tell a secret (usually used in the phrase cheep it).
- to express by cheeps.
- a chirp.
Origin of cheep
First recorded in 1505–15; imitative
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Examples from the Web for cheep
On the island there was not a cheep nor a flutter to break the spell.The Huntress
It is variable and may be written chee-rp, cheep, or chir-eep.Life Histories of North American Shore Birds, Part 1 (of 2)
Arthur Cleveland Bent
As he did so there was a faint "cheep, cheep" from below—the herrings were still alive.The Deemster</p>
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
- the short weak high-pitched cry of a young bird; chirp
- (intr) (of young birds) to utter characteristic shrill sounds
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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.
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