verb (used without object), noun

Nearby words

  1. churn,
  2. churn drill,
  3. churn molding,
  4. churn out,
  5. churning,
  6. churrasco,
  7. churrigueresque,
  8. churro,
  9. chuse,
  10. chute


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

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

  • 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.

    A Diversity of Creatures|Rudyard Kipling

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