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[chif-chaf, -chahf] /ˈtʃɪfˌtʃæf, -ˌtʃɑf/
a common, greenish Old World warbler, Phylloscopus collybita.
Origin of chiffchaff
First recorded in 1770-80; gradational compound; imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Lastly, we have the chiffchaff, certainly the rarest and most local of all.

  • The chiffchaff uttered his clear yet rather sad notes on April 26.

    Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies
  • This name, however, is probably equally applicable to the chiffchaff.

  • chiffchaff and willow-wren came as usual, but they did not arrive in a crowd at once.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • Only a very few days since—it does not seem a week—there was a chiffchaff calling in a copse as merrily as in the spring.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • The first swallow they looked for, and never missed; but they neither heard nor saw the chiffchaff.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • In the north of England, as it is in the south, the chiffchaff is perhaps the most constant pioneer of the spring migrants.

British Dictionary definitions for chiffchaff


a common European warbler, Phylloscopus collybita, with a yellowish-brown plumage
Word Origin
C18: imitative of its call
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