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[churk] /tʃɜrk/
verb (used without object)
to make a shrill, chirping noise.
verb (used with object)
Informal. to cheer (usually followed by up).
Origin of chirk
before 1000; Middle English chirken to creak, chirrup, Old English circian to roar Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She makes her laugh,' I says, 'an' she seems to chirk her right up.'

    The Little Grey House

    Marion Ames Taggart
  • And since his mother died this poor chap has had nobody to chirk him up.

    Stories That End Well

    Octave Thanet
  • She's a regular little witch, Sally is, but she'll chirk her up.

    The Pearl of Orr's Island Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Mrs. chirk was to return in the evening, so she felt no further anxiety about them.

    Queen Hildegarde Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • I was settin' with her, an' I said to her how much better she seemed to be, tryin' to chirk her up.

    David Harum

    Edward Noyes Westcott
  • If a comment on frail appearance would thus depress our friend, surely the contrary assurance ought to chirk him up in proportion.

    Life's Minor Collisions Frances Warner
  • Miss Begg remembered her as a "chirk" old lady with snapping black eyes and an abundant stock of legends and ballads.

    A Literary Pilgrimage Among the Haunts of Famous British Authors

    Theodore F. (Theodore Frelinghuysen) Wolfe
  • A stiff rise in the road announces that chirk is at hand, and the celebrated castle is the first point of interest.

  • The ancestral home of this family, chirk Castle, will be visited en route.

  • Sir Thomas Myddelton of chirk became owner, and the present possessor has inherited it from him in the female line.

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