Definition of chirrup in English:

chirrup

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 (of a small bird) make repeated short, high-pitched sounds:

    ‘a bird chirruped intermittently outside’
    • ‘Fingers of morning light were gracing the eastern sky and birds were beginning to fidget and chirrup in the trees.’
    • ‘They sat there in the dying sunlight as the birds chirruped in the trees.’
    • ‘The grass shifted and chirruping sounded in the distance, ringing through the forest.’
    • ‘The sound of crickets chirruping in the bushes to the side of the porch adds to the appeal of the Spring time night.’
    • ‘Instead, at least in its opening bars, the song of the Green Dolphin chirrups along like the opening animation of The Donna Reed Show.’
    • ‘No life was visible - no birds chirruped in the matchstick trees, no children laughed among the remnants of the blaze.’
    • ‘Via this intensive but bleary-eyed study, I've noticed with alarm that the warbling and chirruping of some birds increasingly resembles the ring tones of some mobile phones.’
    • ‘Outside, a bird chirruped extra loud and he covered his ears with a scowl.’
    • ‘Maybe it's the seductive chirruping of cicadas in the cypress trees.’
    • ‘The sound of crickets chirruping filled the still air.’
    • ‘It was utterly, silent, too - no bird calls or insect chirrups disturbed the sandy desert.’
    • ‘A bird chirruped from the boughs of a nearby tree.’
    • ‘The leaves did not stir on the trees, grasshoppers chirruped, and the monotonous hollow sound of the sea rising up from below, spoke of the peace, of the eternal sleep awaiting us.’
    • ‘Crickets were chirruping idly in the trees, and in the distance, I could see a small child playing with abandoned armaments.’
    • ‘A owl hooted in the distance and the crickets chirruped.’
    • ‘In the branches above him birds chirruped, startling him.’
    • ‘The air is full of the smell of honeysuckle, the buzzing of bees, the chirruping of bluebirds, and the sizzling of meat.’
    • ‘A sparrow chirrups on the rooftop next to me, and a bee carelessly buzzes into the honeysuckle growing down my wall.’
    • ‘Families of busy mynahs chirruped, foraged for grasshoppers, and then trilled when they took wing as we approached.’
    • ‘Outside, the crickets chirrup incessantly in the humid Indian night.’
    trill, sing, chirp, chirrup, chirr, cheep, twitter, tweet, whistle, chatter, squeak, pipe, peep
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    1. 1.1[with direct speech] (of a person) say something in a high-pitched voice:
      ‘‘Yes, Miss Honey,’ chirruped eighteen voices’
      • ‘‘Oh, that must be her,’ Mr. Larsin chirruped and jumped out of his seat to answer the door.’
      • ‘‘Let me continue to look for joy,’ she chirrups in her Hootsmon on Sunday product-placement column.’
      • ‘It's the least I can do,’ Faith chirruped, her eyes wide and bright.’
      • ‘‘Well, your friends, they're nice,’ Trey chirruped, deciding he would break the ice.’
      • ‘‘Yeah, it's been a good conference, a very good one, actually,’ he chirruped on Thursday morning.’
      • ‘‘Of course, no trouble at all,’ Wendy Barrett had chirruped over the phone when I'd asked her if I could specially order a weekday dinner - normally it's weekends only at Augill Castle.’
      • ‘One of the girls, apparently thinking she had been struck by a stroke of brilliance chirruped, ‘Oh!’’
      • ‘Margo MacDonald chirrups: ‘Keep a pure heart, an insatiable curiosity and a good hairdresser.’’
      • ‘He's not from England, has visa problems, has money problems, has four kids back home: ‘Love will find a way,’ she chirrups to me.’
      • ‘‘Ooh, thank god, it's Friday,’ Faith chirruped, but the real deal was she wasn't looking very cheery.’
      • ‘‘Good morning,’ he chirruped, looking way too adorable to be real.’
      • ‘‘Goodness, darling, that up-and-coming young Turk John Major has some sock suspenders exactly like yours,’ she might have chirruped in an unguarded moment.’
      • ‘‘Thank you for letting me stay over, Mrs. Ratana,’ Kira chirruped politely, bowing slightly to Rebecca.’
      • ‘‘And I would like to point out I can use guitar string as garrote wire,’ Val chirruped almost pleasantly, though the half-berserk glimmer in his eyes warned of sincerity.’
      • ‘‘A pretty penny for the NHS,’ it chirruped the day after the budget.’
      • ‘‘Mr. Duvall, it's no problem for me, but four o'clock, I will be back,’ she chirruped and then left the area.’
      • ‘‘I'm thinking medical,’ Faith chirruped brightly.’
      • ‘‘Excellent, Princess Emmeline,’ The first nymph chirruped brightly.’
      • ‘‘This is Isaac - I expect you to treat him with the same respect as your peers,’ she chirruped, and then pointed to the empty desk behind me where Rachael usually sat.’

noun

  • A short, high-pitched sound:

    ‘the chirrups of the crickets’
    • ‘American actors doing upper-class British voices habitually only manage them at about two-thirds speed, much slower than the quick chirrup of the real thing.’
    • ‘‘Battery's getting low,’ he said, as the phone uttered a brief chirrup.’
    • ‘The usual chirrup of crickets down below filled Lily's ears, but as she glanced up at the stars, vaguely picking Ursa Major out of the bunch, she suddenly felt D.J.'s arm wrap around her.’
    • ‘A nurse from Kerala fluttered into the room, adding sparrowy chirrups of complaint to the aviary of sounds I could already hear.’
    • ‘That isn't traffic noise one can hear above the chirrup of the insects, is it?’
    • ‘Super-dry jazz hi-hat work mixes with offhand synth-bass and slivered chirrups of sound sliced thin enough to be just impossible to place.’
    • ‘Creaky pylons and insect chirrups fill the periphery; Frisell is beginning to be unpredictable again…’
    • ‘A thousand frogs who had been silent for two years were calling to each other in the wash… a monumental chorus of deep lusty ba-booms, frenzied clicks and seductive chirrups.’
    • ‘The music of the spheres turns out to be a mixture of whistles, chirrups, howls, static and something that sounds like chattering voices.’
    • ‘At the sound of a trilling chirrup, his eyes jerked up.’
    • ‘Boost targeted urban youth with such success that the chirrup is now featured in hip hop videos.’
    • ‘Outside, the monotonous chirrup of crickets and other night insects formed a gentle hum.’
    • ‘He heard the familiar chirrup of one of those stupid walkie-talkie/cell phones.’
    • ‘Another pair of wings momentarily blinded her, and every bird that had occupied the tree suddenly left in a rush, loud chirrups marking their way.’
    • ‘Oh and there's also a chirrup like a clockwork cicada in there.’
    • ‘He sits there for a while, as if wondering whether or not to go back to bed, then opens his beak for an experimental chirrup.’
    • ‘The meadow was silent save for the chirrups of crickets.’
    • ‘In the big, well-insulated A4, this turbo powerplant mustered a mild chirrup when the waste-gates opened.’
    • ‘A progressive chirrup let us know we had been confirmed.’
    • ‘At that moment, the ship's interface gave a loud chirrup.’

Origin

Late 16th century: alteration of chirp, by trilling the -r-.

Pronunciation:

chirrup

/ˈtʃɪrəp/