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churr

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

or chirre, churr

[chur]
verb (used without object)
  1. to make a characteristic shrill, trilling sound, as a grasshopper.
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noun
  1. the sound of chirring.
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Origin of chirr

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.

  • 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

verb, noun
  1. a variant spelling of chirr
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chirr

chirre or churr

verb
  1. (intr) (esp of certain insects, such as crickets) to make a shrill trilled sound
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noun
  1. the sound of chirring
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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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