or chirre, churr
- to make a characteristic shrill, trilling sound, as a grasshopper.
- the sound of chirring.
Origin of chirr
First recorded in 1590–1600; alteration of chirp
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Examples from the Web for churr
From twilight till grey does the fern-owl "churr" and fly through the night.Poachers and Poaching
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
The only note I have heard it utter is a kind of churr, like the call of the scarlet tanager.
- a variant spelling of chirr
chirre or churr
- (intr) (esp of certain insects, such as crickets) to make a shrill trilled sound
- the sound of chirring
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for churr
c.1600, echoic of a grasshopper's trill. Related: Chirred; chirring.
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