or chirre, churr
- 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
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Examples from the Web for churring
A night-jar was spinning; the churring sound affected him oddly.Saint's Progress
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.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
- 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
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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