- 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
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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
- (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
C15 (as chirpinge, gerund): of imitative origin
- 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 chirper
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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