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chirp

[churp] /tʃɜrp/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English chyrpynge (gerund); expressive word akin to cheep, chirk, etc.
Related forms
chirper, noun
chirpingly, adverb
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Examples 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

chirp

/tʃɜːp/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(esp of some birds and insects) to make a short high-pitched sound
2.
to speak in a lively fashion
noun
3.
a chirping sound, esp that made by a bird
Derived Forms
chirper, noun
Word Origin
C15 (as chirpinge, gerund): of imitative origin

CHIRP

/tʃɜːp/
noun acronym
1.
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
chirp
mid-15c., echoic var. of M.E. chirken "to twitter" (late 14c.), from O.E. cearcian "to creak, gnash."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chirping

chirp

verb
  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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