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[churp] /tʃɜrp/
verb (used without object)
to make a characteristic short, sharp sound, as small birds and certain insects.
to make any similar sound:
The children chirped with amusement.
verb (used with object)
to sound or utter in a chirping manner:
The little girl chirped her joy.
a chirping sound.
Origin of chirp
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English chyrpynge (gerund); expressive word akin to cheep, chirk, etc.
Related forms
chirper, noun
chirpingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chirp
  • Chickadees and juncos chirp a spirited chorus, interrupted by the scolding of red squirrels.
  • Each chirp is a brief trill of three to five pulses.
  • The plant's cooling system is struggling to keep up, and in the control room warnings chirp as the exhaust temperature rises.
  • The plants cooling system is struggling to keep up, and in the control room warnings chirp as the exhaust temperature rises.
  • Whether the cricket is dead or alive, traditional wisdom is evidently defunct, a tedious chirp no one has time for.
  • When the second chirp comes, the neurons have not yet settled down.
  • As a result, the second chirp creates a different pattern of signals.
  • The voice coming out of the speakers was processed into a chipmunk chirp.
  • Crickets, food for a rubbery green tree frog, chirp loudly.
  • We can still hear the chirp of the sub-bottom profiler, a few times a minute.
British Dictionary definitions for chirp


verb (intransitive)
(esp of some birds and insects) to make a short high-pitched sound
to speak in a lively fashion
a chirping sound, esp that made by a bird
Derived Forms
chirper, noun
Word Origin
C15 (as chirpinge, gerund): of imitative origin


noun acronym
Confidential Human Incidents Reporting Programme: a system, run by the RAF Institute of Medicine, by which commercial pilots can comment on safety trends without the knowledge of their employers
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Word Origin and History for chirp

mid-15c. (implied in chirping), echoic, or else a variant of Middle English chirken "to twitter" (late 14c.), from Old English cearcian "to creak, gnash." Related: Chirped. As a noun, attested from 1802.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chirp


  1. To sing: She chirps with the orchestra (1930+)
  2. To inform; sing, squeal (1830s+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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