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chirp

[ churp ]
/ tʃɜrp /
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verb (used without object)

to make a characteristic short, sharp sound, as small birds and certain insects.
to make any similar sound: The children chirped with amusement.

verb (used with object)

to sound or utter in a chirping manner: The little girl chirped her joy.

noun

a chirping sound.

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Origin of chirp

1400–50; late Middle English chyrpynge (gerund); expressive word akin to cheep, chirk, etc.
chirper, nounchirp·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for chirp (1 of 2)

chirp
/ (tʃɜːp) /

verb (intr)

(esp of some birds and insects) to make a short high-pitched sound
to speak in a lively fashion

noun

a chirping sound, esp that made by a bird
chirper, noun
C15 (as chirpinge, gerund): of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for chirp (2 of 2)

CHIRP
/ (tʃɜːp) /

n acronym for

Confidential Human Incidents Reporting Programme: a system, run by the RAF Institute of Medicine, by which commercial pilots can comment on safety trends without the knowledge of their employers
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