or chirre, churr
- to make a characteristic shrill, trilling sound, as a grasshopper.
- the sound of chirring.
Origin of chirr
First recorded in 1590–1600; alteration of chirp
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Examples from the Web for chirr
They have peculiar notes like a clear whistle, and a “chirr, chirr!”
The cricket's chirr and the occasional affirmations of the katy-did were the only sounds she heard.The Story of a Doctor's Telephone--Told by His Wife
Ellen M. Firebaugh
But on leading up his horse within ten or twelve feet of the pin, it gives a little "chirr" and dives down out of sight.Wild Animals at Home
Ernest Thompson Seton
"Not at all," replied the little man, in a voice as dry and crisp as the chirr of a grasshopper.
chirre or churr
- (intr) (esp of certain insects, such as crickets) to make a shrill trilled sound
- the sound of chirring
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for chirr
c.1600, echoic of a grasshopper's trill. Related: Chirred; chirring.
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