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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a characteristic short, sharp sound, as small birds and certain insects.
  2. to make any similar sound: The children chirped with amusement.
verb (used with object)
  1. to sound or utter in a chirping manner: The little girl chirped her joy.
  1. a chirping sound.

Origin of chirp

1400–50; late Middle English chyrpynge (gerund); expressive word akin to cheep, chirk, etc.
Related formschirp·er, nounchirp·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of chirp

  • 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.


    Beatrice Fortescue

  • If you chirp, I'll have to blow the roof of your head off, Gage!

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for chirp


verb (intr)
  1. (esp of some birds and insects) to make a short high-pitched sound
  2. to speak in a lively fashion
  1. a chirping sound, esp that made by a bird
Derived Formschirper, noun

Word Origin for chirp

C15 (as chirpinge, gerund): of imitative origin


n acronym for
  1. 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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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.

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