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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.
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 chirping
  • When the temperature cools, they have less energy so chirping slows down.
  • If your detectors are battery operated and you hear it making chirping noises, that means you need to replace the batteries.
  • Trees are blooming, birds are chirping, people are squinting.
  • At one point they even started chirping back at the birds.
  • But keep in mind that its chirping sounds might tip off your target that something strange is afoot.
  • He makes the little sparrow chirping in the air preach to us.
  • The sounds of chirping crickets and cascading water follow your steps.
  • The nighttime chirping of geckos under the eaves gives way to a mynah bird's first bossy calls.
  • Now you can go back to work in the mine without all that chirping.
  • The two dolphins began squawking and chirping to each other-distinctive dolphin chatter.
British Dictionary definitions for chirping


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 chirping



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 chirping


  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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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