[cheer-uh p, chur-]

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

Examples from the Web for chirrup

Historical Examples of chirrup

  • A resounding “chirrup” and the weary beasts strained at their neck-yoke.

  • Ben gave a chirrup, the horses began to move, and that was the end of dear old Tunxet.


    Susan Coolidge

  • Another what seemed to be a painfully long pause, and then Chirrup!

    Fitz the Filibuster

    George Manville Fenn

  • It is to be hoped so, sir; the blackbirds are giving a chirrup or two.

  • There was no news from Joe Douglas these many weeks past, not a line, not a chirrup from him.

    On the Road to Bagdad

    F. S. Brereton

British Dictionary definitions for chirrup


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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper