- 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
Related Words for chirpedwarble, trill, sound, lilt, tweet, quaver, roll, pipe, call, sing, twitter, chip, tweedle, chirrup, purl, chipper
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Contemporary Examples of chirped
So she laughed and chirped and pointed and giggled and then sobbed, the fear rising in her throat as they got closer to the house.Danger Stalks Lucas Davenport
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Historical Examples of chirped
"You must be calm, Nelly, dear; you mustn't excite yourself," she chirped anxiously.The Bacillus of Beauty
The cricket in the raspberry-hedge heard them, and she chirped, oh!A Little Book of Profitable Tales
"Fine day," chirped the patriarch in well-meant friendliness.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
"A nut-brown maiden, nut-brown maiden," chirped a cricket on the hearth.
"My teacher's name is Miss Farmer," chirped Shirley sunnily.Rosemary
- (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
Word Origin for chirp
- 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
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.