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[churk] /tʃɜrk/
verb (used without object)
to make a shrill, chirping noise.
verb (used with object)
Informal. to cheer (usually followed by up).
Origin of chirk
before 1000; Middle English chirken to creak, chirrup, Old English circian to roar Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Chirp is still used to express the singing of birds, but the chirk of New England is not understood, and therefore derided.

  • Miss Begg remembered her as a "chirk" old lady with snapping black eyes and an abundant stock of legends and ballads.

    A Literary Pilgrimage Among the Haunts of Famous British Authors Theodore F. (Theodore Frelinghuysen) Wolfe
  • Mrs. chirk was to return in the evening, so she felt no further anxiety about them.

    Queen Hildegarde Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • Sir Thomas Myddelton of chirk became owner, and the present possessor has inherited it from him in the female line.

  • Not that anyone in particular expected "them poor Hayneses" to keep bright or "chirk up."

  • A stiff rise in the road announces that chirk is at hand, and the celebrated castle is the first point of interest.

  • She makes her laugh,' I says, 'an' she seems to chirk her right up.'

    The Little Grey House Marion Ames Taggart
  • "Him stay wid us now till he chirk up again," said Cudjo, running to his coffee-box.

    Cudjo's Cave J. T. Trowbridge
  • "His tail will curl over again, when he begins to chirk up a bit," said Marm Plunkett, comfortingly.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • I may be mayor some day; and when you're mayor you're due to chirk up and think of being president—if you are a humorist.

    The Man Next Door Emerson Hough

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