[ cheer-uh p, chur- ]
/ ˈtʃɪər əp, ˈtʃɜr- /

verb (used without object), chir·ruped, chir·rup·ing.

to chirp: robins chirruping on the lawn.
to make a similar sound: She chirruped softly to encourage the horse.

verb (used with object), chir·ruped, chir·rup·ing.

to utter with chirps.
to make a chirping sound to.


the act or sound of chirruping: a chirrup of birds.

Origin of chirrup

First recorded in 1570–80; variant of chirp
Related formschir·rup·per, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chirrup


/ (ˈtʃɪrəp) /

verb (intr)

(esp of some birds) to chirp repeatedly
to make clucking sounds with the lips


such a sound
Derived Formschirruper, nounchirrupy, adjective

Word Origin for chirrup

C16: variant of chirp
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Word Origin and History for chirrup



1570s, alternative form chirp (v.).

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