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chirrup

[cheer-uh p, chur-] /ˈtʃɪər əp, ˈtʃɜr-/
verb (used without object), chirruped, chirruping.
1.
to chirp:
robins chirruping on the lawn.
2.
to make a similar sound:
She chirruped softly to encourage the horse.
verb (used with object), chirruped, chirruping.
3.
to utter with chirps.
4.
to make a chirping sound to.
noun
5.
the act or sound of chirruping:
a chirrup of birds.
Origin of chirrup
1570-1580
1570-80; variant of chirp
Related forms
chirrupper, noun
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  • But she heard the chirrup of the sparrows, the call of thrush and blackbird, and far away the hymn of praise of the skylark.

    Petticoat Rule Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • Ben gave a chirrup, the horses began to move, and that was the end of dear old Tunxet.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • Then one by one came in the ladies of the house, and it was kiss and chirrup and kiss again.

    Kincaid's Battery George W. Cable
  • Another what seemed to be a painfully long pause, and then chirrup!

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn
  • I will look over at you, and chirrup now and then to you, my dearest, when I am not engaged in piloting extraordinary.'

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • It is to be hoped so, sir; the blackbirds are giving a chirrup or two.

  • They chirrup just like sparrows,” reflected Bobbie, “can they sing?

  • There was no news from Joe Douglas these many weeks past, not a line, not a chirrup from him.

    On the Road to Bagdad F. S. Brereton
  • Once more I was sure I heard it passing me, but at the same time the chirrup fell on my ear, and that certainly came from without.

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
  • Everything was still, except the evening chirrup of the birds.

British Dictionary definitions for chirrup

chirrup

/ˈtʃɪrəp/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(esp of some birds) to chirp repeatedly
2.
to make clucking sounds with the lips
noun
3.
such a sound
Derived Forms
chirruper, noun
chirrupy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: variant of chirp
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Word Origin and History for chirrup
v.

1570s, alternative form chirp (v.).

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