- to make a characteristic short, sharp sound, as small birds and certain insects.
- to make any similar sound: The children chirped with amusement.
- to sound or utter in a chirping manner: The little girl chirped her joy.
- a chirping sound.
Origin of chirp
Examples from the Web for chirp
In a back room, video poker machines ding and chirp with the occasional squeal of delight from a winner.Italy’s Billion-Dollar Gambling Epidemic
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 28, 2013
Silence, broken only by the chirp of the cheery little teakettle.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
Let us forget for a moment the chirp of the family housekeeper over her gods.Holbein
If you chirp, I'll have to blow the roof of your head off, Gage!Frank Merriwell Down South
Burt L. Standish
Sparrows begin to chirp, first one, then ten, then thousands.The Dragon Painter
Mary McNeil Fenollosa
All around him was the chirp and bustle of unseen bird and animal life.The Status Civilization
- (esp of some birds and insects) to make a short high-pitched sound
- to speak in a lively fashion
- a chirping sound, esp that made by a bird
- 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
Word Origin and History for chirp
mid-15c. (implied in chirping), echoic, or else a variant of Middle English chirken "to twitter" (late 14c.), from Old English cearcian "to creak, gnash." Related: Chirped. As a noun, attested from 1802.