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[churp] /tʃɜrp/
verb (used without object)
to make a characteristic short, sharp sound, as small birds and certain insects.
to make any similar sound:
The children chirped with amusement.
verb (used with object)
to sound or utter in a chirping manner:
The little girl chirped her joy.
a chirping sound.
Origin of chirp
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English chyrpynge (gerund); expressive word akin to cheep, chirk, etc.
Related forms
chirper, noun
chirpingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • One by one they were moving, staggering to their feet, beginning to chirp.

    The Chestermarke Instinct J. S. Fletcher
  • When it began to chirp faintly, he listened as if it were a beautiful sound.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • It is impossible to detect, by means of the ear, the direction from which the chirp really comes.

  • “Yes,” he said directly after, for the chirp was answered from lower down.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • A few minutes more, and with a chirp the bird was gone into the flood of sunlight.

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
  • He used to hop about near her window and nod and chirp to her as though to reassure her.

    Madge Morton's Victory Amy D.V. Chalmers
  • chirp is still used to express the singing of birds, but the chirk of New England is not understood, and therefore derided.

  • Silence, broken only by the chirp of the cheery little teakettle.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • The Cicada, celebrated for its chirp, and the lanthorn fly, belong to this group.

British Dictionary definitions for chirp


verb (intransitive)
(esp of some birds and insects) to make a short high-pitched sound
to speak in a lively fashion
a chirping sound, esp that made by a bird
Derived Forms
chirper, noun
Word Origin
C15 (as chirpinge, gerund): of imitative origin


noun acronym
Confidential Human Incidents Reporting Programme: a system, run by the RAF Institute of Medicine, by which commercial pilots can comment on safety trends without the knowledge of their employers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chirp

mid-15c. (implied in chirping), echoic, or else a variant of Middle English chirken "to twitter" (late 14c.), from Old English cearcian "to creak, gnash." Related: Chirped. As a noun, attested from 1802.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chirp



  1. To sing: She chirps with the orchestra (1930+)
  2. To inform; sing, squeal (1830s+ Underworld)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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