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verb (used without object), noun
  1. chirr.
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or chirre, churr

verb (used without object)
  1. to make a characteristic shrill, trilling sound, as a grasshopper.
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  1. the sound of chirring.
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Origin of chirr

First recorded in 1590–1600; alteration of chirp
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Examples from the Web for churring

Historical Examples

  • A night-jar was spinning; the churring sound affected him oddly.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • And out of the distance the nightjar set again to its churring.

    Memoirs of a Midget

    Walter de la Mare

  • Here churning is a mistake; we are sorry to begin with an animadversion, but the word should be churring.

    Society for Pure English, Tract 5

    Society for Pure English

  • The churring of the night-hawks was continuous, soothing as the hum of a spinning-wheel.

British Dictionary definitions for churring


verb, noun
  1. a variant spelling of chirr
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chirre or churr

  1. (intr) (esp of certain insects, such as crickets) to make a shrill trilled sound
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  1. the sound of chirring
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Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for churring



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

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