chiffchaff

[chif-chaf, -chahf]

Origin of chiffchaff

First recorded in 1770–80; gradational compound; imitative
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Historical Examples of chiffchaff

  • Lastly, we have the Chiffchaff, certainly the rarest and most local of all.

  • The chiffchaff uttered his clear yet rather sad notes on April 26.

    Field and Hedgerow

    Richard Jefferies

  • This name, however, is probably equally applicable to the Chiffchaff.

  • Chiffchaff and willow-wren came as usual, but they did not arrive in a crowd at once.

    Nature Near London

    Richard Jefferies

  • Only a very few days since—it does not seem a week—there was a chiffchaff calling in a copse as merrily as in the spring.

    Nature Near London

    Richard Jefferies


British Dictionary definitions for chiffchaff

chiffchaff

noun
  1. a common European warbler, Phylloscopus collybita, with a yellowish-brown plumage

Word Origin for chiffchaff

C18: imitative of its call
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