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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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  • "Oh, we've reached the station already," chirped Allee with a suddenness which made everyone jump.

    The Lilac Lady Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Wee listened a moment, while the birds twittered and chirped with all their hearts.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI Louisa M. Alcott
  • "Do stop your singing and pay attention," chirped the sparrow, petulantly.

    Two in a Zoo Curtis Dunham
  • "And something else blue," chirped Edna Hartwell, peering over her shoulder.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • In between it all, the sparrows chattered and chirped and fluttered safely in the powdery sand of the playground.

    The Path of Life Stijn Streuvels
  • "You must be calm, Nelly, dear; you mustn't excite yourself," she chirped anxiously.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • Once a sleepy bird stirred in the honeysuckle vines and chirped through the dark.

    The Flying Mercury Eleanor M. Ingram
  • The cricket in the raspberry-hedge heard them, and she chirped, oh!

  • They were good, obedient chickens, and when the old hen chicked after them, they chirped and ran back to her side.

British Dictionary definitions for chirped


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
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Word Origin and History for chirped



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 chirped



  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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