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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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  • "You must be calm, Nelly, dear; you mustn't excite yourself," she chirped anxiously.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • The cricket in the raspberry-hedge heard them, and she chirped, oh!

  • "Fine day," chirped the patriarch in well-meant friendliness.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • "A nut-brown maiden, nut-brown maiden," chirped a cricket on the hearth.

  • "My teacher's name is Miss Farmer," chirped Shirley sunnily.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • "I'll run all your errands," chirped Shirley and was promptly rewarded with a hug.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • “And we will ask them why they never use their commonsense,” chirped Veronica.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • "You are welcome to our forest," chirped Robin, in a sedate and dignified tone.

    Policeman Bluejay

    L. Frank Baum
  • Wee listened a moment, while the birds twittered and chirped with all their hearts.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI Louisa M. Alcott
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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