- 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 chirper
Historical Examples of 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
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.