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[cheer-uh p, chur-] /ˈtʃɪər əp, ˈtʃɜr-/
verb (used without object), chirruped, chirruping.
to chirp:
robins chirruping on the lawn.
to make a similar sound:
She chirruped softly to encourage the horse.
verb (used with object), chirruped, chirruping.
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
Related forms
chirrupper, noun Unabridged
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  • But she heard the chirrup of the sparrows, the call of thrush and blackbird, and far away the hymn of praise of the skylark.

    Petticoat Rule Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • Ben gave a chirrup, the horses began to move, and that was the end of dear old Tunxet.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • Then one by one came in the ladies of the house, and it was kiss and chirrup and kiss again.

    Kincaid's Battery George W. Cable
  • Another what seemed to be a painfully long pause, and then chirrup!

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn
  • I will look over at you, and chirrup now and then to you, my dearest, when I am not engaged in piloting extraordinary.'

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • It is to be hoped so, sir; the blackbirds are giving a chirrup or two.

  • They chirrup just like sparrows,” reflected Bobbie, “can they sing?

  • 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
  • Once more I was sure I heard it passing me, but at the same time the chirrup fell on my ear, and that certainly came from without.

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
  • Everything was still, except the evening chirrup of the birds.

British Dictionary definitions for chirrup


verb (intransitive)
(esp of some birds) to chirp repeatedly
to make clucking sounds with the lips
such a sound
Derived Forms
chirruper, noun
chirrupy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: variant of chirp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chirrup

1570s, alternative form chirp (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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