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’
    • ‘A sparrow chirrups on the rooftop next to me, and a bee carelessly buzzes into the honeysuckle growing down my wall.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Maybe it's the seductive chirruping of cicadas in the cypress trees.’
    • ‘A owl hooted in the distance and the crickets chirruped.’
    • ‘The sound of crickets chirruping filled the still air.’
    • ‘Outside, a bird chirruped extra loud and he covered his ears with a scowl.’
    • ‘The air is full of the smell of honeysuckle, the buzzing of bees, the chirruping of bluebirds, and the sizzling of meat.’
    • ‘Instead, at least in its opening bars, the song of the Green Dolphin chirrups along like the opening animation of The Donna Reed Show.’
    • ‘In the branches above him birds chirruped, startling him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fingers of morning light were gracing the eastern sky and birds were beginning to fidget and chirrup in the trees.’
    • ‘The sound of crickets chirruping in the bushes to the side of the porch adds to the appeal of the Spring time night.’
    • ‘It was utterly, silent, too - no bird calls or insect chirrups disturbed the sandy desert.’
    • ‘No life was visible - no birds chirruped in the matchstick trees, no children laughed among the remnants of the blaze.’
    • ‘A bird chirruped from the boughs of a nearby tree.’
    • ‘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
    trill, trilling, song, birdsong, cry, warbling, chirp, chirping, chirrup, chirruping, chirr, chirring, cheep, cheeping, twitter, twittering, tweet, tweeting, whistle, whistling, chatter, chattering, squeak, squeaking, pipe, piping, peep, peeping, call, calling
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    1. 1.1with direct speech (of a person) say something in a high-pitched voice.
      ‘‘Yes, Miss Honey,’ chirruped eighteen voices’
      • ‘It's the least I can do,’ Faith chirruped, her eyes wide and bright.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Well, your friends, they're nice,’ Trey chirruped, deciding he would break the ice.’
      • ‘‘Good morning,’ he chirruped, looking way too adorable to be real.’
      • ‘‘Ooh, thank god, it's Friday,’ Faith chirruped, but the real deal was she wasn't looking very cheery.’
      • ‘‘A pretty penny for the NHS,’ it chirruped the day after the budget.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘‘Oh, that must be her,’ Mr. Larsin chirruped and jumped out of his seat to answer the door.’
      • ‘‘Yeah, it's been a good conference, a very good one, actually,’ he chirruped on Thursday morning.’
      • ‘‘Thank you for letting me stay over, Mrs. Ratana,’ Kira chirruped politely, bowing slightly to Rebecca.’
      • ‘‘Mr. Duvall, it's no problem for me, but four o'clock, I will be back,’ she chirruped and then left the area.’
      • ‘One of the girls, apparently thinking she had been struck by a stroke of brilliance chirruped, ‘Oh!’’
      • ‘‘I'm thinking medical,’ Faith chirruped brightly.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Margo MacDonald chirrups: ‘Keep a pure heart, an insatiable curiosity and a good hairdresser.’’
      • ‘‘Excellent, Princess Emmeline,’ The first nymph chirruped brightly.’
      • ‘‘Let me continue to look for joy,’ she chirrups in her Hootsmon on Sunday product-placement column.’
      • ‘‘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.’

noun

  • A short, high-pitched sound.

    ‘the chirrups of the crickets’
    • ‘The music of the spheres turns out to be a mixture of whistles, chirrups, howls, static and something that sounds like chattering voices.’
    • ‘At that moment, the ship's interface gave a loud chirrup.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That isn't traffic noise one can hear above the chirrup of the insects, is it?’
    • ‘He heard the familiar chirrup of one of those stupid walkie-talkie/cell phones.’
    • ‘The meadow was silent save for the chirrups of crickets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Boost targeted urban youth with such success that the chirrup is now featured in hip hop videos.’
    • ‘‘Battery's getting low,’ he said, as the phone uttered a brief chirrup.’
    • ‘A nurse from Kerala fluttered into the room, adding sparrowy chirrups of complaint to the aviary of sounds I could already hear.’
    • ‘Creaky pylons and insect chirrups fill the periphery; Frisell is beginning to be unpredictable again…’
    • ‘Oh and there's also a chirrup like a clockwork cicada in there.’
    • ‘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 the sound of a trilling chirrup, his eyes jerked up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Outside, the monotonous chirrup of crickets and other night insects formed a gentle hum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    trill, trilling, song, birdsong, cry, warbling, chirp, chirping, chirrup, chirruping, chirr, chirring, cheep, cheeping, twitter, twittering, tweet, tweeting, whistle, whistling, chatter, chattering, squeak, squeaking, pipe, piping, peep, peeping, call, calling
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

chirrup

/ˈtʃɪrəp/