[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.

Nearby words

  1. chirospasm,
  2. chirp,
  3. chirpy,
  4. chirr,
  5. chirren,
  6. chirrupy,
  7. chiru,
  8. chirurgeon,
  9. chirurgery,
  10. chirurgical

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

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.).

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