verb (used without object), noun


or chirre, churr


verb (used without object)

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for churr

hoot, pipe, twitter, cry, chuck, cheep, squeak, chatter, tweet, coo, churr, chirrup

Examples from the Web for churr

Historical Examples of churr

  • From twilight till grey does the fern-owl "churr" and fly through the night.

  • The death of that poor fellow, Churr, clings to him, say what one may.

    Sweet Mace

    George Manville Fenn

  • I saw his mouth open and shut, he hollowed his hands round it, but the churr of the motor and the bees drowned his words.

  • The only note I have heard it utter is a kind of churr, like the call of the scarlet tanager.

British Dictionary definitions for churr


verb, noun

a variant spelling of chirr


chirre or churr


(intr) (esp of certain insects, such as crickets) to make a shrill trilled sound


the sound of chirring

Word Origin for chirr

C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for churr



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper