verb (used without object)

to make a shrill, chirping noise.

verb (used with object)

Informal. to cheer (usually followed by up).

Origin of chirk

before 1000; Middle English chirken to creak, chirrup, Old English circian to roar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chirk

Historical Examples of chirk

  • She makes her laugh,' I says, 'an' she seems to chirk her right up.'

    The Little Grey House

    Marion Ames Taggart

  • And since his mother died this poor chap has had nobody to chirk him up.

  • She's a regular little witch, Sally is, but she'll chirk her up.

    The Pearl of Orr's Island

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Mrs. Chirk was to return in the evening, so she felt no further anxiety about them.

    Queen Hildegarde

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

  • I was settin' with her, an' I said to her how much better she seemed to be, tryin' to chirk her up.

    David Harum

    Edward Noyes Westcott