[cheer-uh p, chur-]
- to chirp: robins chirruping on the lawn.
- to make a similar sound: She chirruped softly to encourage the horse.
- to utter with chirps.
- to make a chirping sound to.
- the act or sound of chirruping: a chirrup of birds.
Origin of chirrup
First recorded in 1570–80; variant of chirp
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Examples from the Web for chirrup
A resounding “chirrup” and the weary beasts strained at their neck-yoke.The Hound From The North
Ben gave a chirrup, the horses began to move, and that was the end of dear old Tunxet.Eyebright
Another what seemed to be a painfully long pause, and then Chirrup!Fitz the Filibuster
George Manville Fenn
It is to be hoped so, sir; the blackbirds are giving a chirrup or two.It Is Never Too Late to Mend
There was no news from Joe Douglas these many weeks past, not a line, not a chirrup from him.On the Road to Bagdad
F. S. Brereton
- (esp of some birds) to chirp repeatedly
- to make clucking sounds with the lips
- such a sound
C16: variant of chirp
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Word Origin and History for chirrup
1570s, alternative form chirp (v.).
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