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churr

[chur] /tʃɜr/
verb (used without object), noun
1.

chirr

or chirre, churr

[chur] /tʃɜr/
verb (used without object)
1.
to make a characteristic shrill, trilling sound, as a grasshopper.
noun
2.
the sound of chirring.
Origin of chirr
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; alteration of chirp
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Examples from the Web for churr
Historical Examples
  • From twilight till grey does the fern-owl "churr" and fly through the night.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • The death of that poor fellow, churr, clings to him, say what one may.

    Sweet Mace George Manville Fenn
  • I saw his mouth open and shut, he hollowed his hands round it, but the churr of the motor and the bees drowned his words.

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
  • The only note I have heard it utter is a kind of churr, like the call of the scarlet tanager.

British Dictionary definitions for churr

churr

/tʃɜː/
verb, noun
1.
a variant spelling of chirr

chirr

/tʃɜː/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (esp of certain insects, such as crickets) to make a shrill trilled sound
noun
2.
the sound of chirring
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for churr

chirr

v.

c.1600, echoic of a grasshopper's trill. Related: Chirred; chirring.

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