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chirr

or chirre, churr

[chur]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a characteristic shrill, trilling sound, as a grasshopper.
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noun
  1. the sound of chirring.
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Origin of chirr

First recorded in 1590–1600; alteration of chirp
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Examples from the Web for chirr

Historical Examples

  • They have peculiar notes like a clear whistle, and a “chirr, chirr!”

    Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls

    Anonymous

  • The cricket's chirr and the occasional affirmations of the katy-did were the only sounds she heard.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for chirr

chirr

chirre or churr

verb
  1. (intr) (esp of certain insects, such as crickets) to make a shrill trilled sound
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noun
  1. the sound of chirring
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Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for chirr

v.

c.1600, echoic of a grasshopper's trill. Related: Chirred; chirring.

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