[ churp ]
/ tʃɜrp /
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.
a chirping sound.
Origin of chirp
Related formschirp·er, nounchirp·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for chirper
This appears in the German name, Emmerling, and the word probably means the “chirper,” cf. the Ger.
Ah, she is prettier than ever I supposed, and chirper than the sparrow which builds every year a nest in my old apple-tree.The Old Stone House and Other Stories|Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for chirper (1 of 2)
/ (tʃɜːp) /
(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
Derived Formschirper, noun
Word Origin for chirp
C15 (as chirpinge, gerund): of imitative origin
British Dictionary definitions for chirper (2 of 2)
/ (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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