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.
(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
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
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.
[chur-pee] /ˈtʃɜr pi/ adjective, chirpier, chirpiest. 1. or tending to : chirpy birds. 2. cheerful; lively; gay. /ˈtʃɜːpɪ/ adjective chirpier, chirpiest 1. (informal) cheerful; lively adj. “cheerfully perky,” 1825, from chirp + -y (2). The notion is perhaps of birds fluttering and chattering. noun A fall or dive that makes a loud splat (1836+)
[chur] /tʃɜr/ verb (used without object) 1. to make a characteristic shrill, trilling sound, as a grasshopper. noun 2. the sound of chirring. /tʃɜː/ verb 1. (intransitive) (esp of certain insects, such as crickets) to make a shrill trilled sound noun 2. the sound of chirring v. c.1600, echoic of a grasshopper’s trill. Related: Chirred; […]
[chir-uh n] /ˈtʃɪr ən/ plural noun, Chiefly Southern U.S. 1. .
[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 […]