chirp

[churp]
verb (used without object)
1.
to make a characteristic short, sharp sound, as small birds and certain insects.
2.
to make any similar sound: The children chirped with amusement.
verb (used with object)
3.
to sound or utter in a chirping manner: The little girl chirped her joy.
noun
4.
a chirping sound.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English chyrpynge (gerund); expressive word akin to cheep, chirk, etc.

chirper, noun
chirpingly, adverb
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chirp (tʃɜːp)
 
vb
1.  (esp of some birds and insects) to make a short high-pitched sound
2.  to speak in a lively fashion
 
n
3.  a chirping sound, esp that made by a bird
 
[C15 (as chirpinge, gerund): of imitative origin]
 
'chirper
 
n

CHIRP (tʃɜːp)
 
n acronym for
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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chirp
mid-15c., echoic var. of M.E. chirken "to twitter" (late 14c.), from O.E. cearcian "to creak, gnash."
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Example sentences
Chickadees and juncos chirp a spirited chorus, interrupted by the scolding of red squirrels.
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.
Each chirp is a brief trill of three to five pulses.
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