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’
    • ‘No life was visible - no birds chirruped in the matchstick trees, no children laughed among the remnants of the blaze.’
    • ‘A owl hooted in the distance and the crickets chirruped.’
    • ‘The sound of crickets chirruping in the bushes to the side of the porch adds to the appeal of the Spring time night.’
    • ‘Crickets were chirruping idly in the trees, and in the distance, I could see a small child playing with abandoned armaments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The grass shifted and chirruping sounded in the distance, ringing through the forest.’
    • ‘It was utterly, silent, too - no bird calls or insect chirrups disturbed the sandy desert.’
    • ‘Fingers of morning light were gracing the eastern sky and birds were beginning to fidget and chirrup in the trees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Outside, a bird chirruped extra loud and he covered his ears with a scowl.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maybe it's the seductive chirruping of cicadas in the cypress trees.’
    • ‘A bird chirruped from the boughs of a nearby tree.’
    • ‘They sat there in the dying sunlight as the birds chirruped in the trees.’
    • ‘Families of busy mynahs chirruped, foraged for grasshoppers, and then trilled when they took wing as we approached.’
    • ‘Instead, at least in its opening bars, the song of the Green Dolphin chirrups along like the opening animation of The Donna Reed Show.’
    • ‘The sound of crickets chirruping filled the still air.’
    • ‘Outside, the crickets chirrup incessantly in the humid Indian night.’
    • ‘A sparrow chirrups on the rooftop next to me, and a bee carelessly buzzes into the honeysuckle growing down my wall.’
    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’
      • ‘Margo MacDonald chirrups: ‘Keep a pure heart, an insatiable curiosity and a good hairdresser.’’
      • ‘‘A pretty penny for the NHS,’ it chirruped the day after the budget.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘‘Yeah, it's been a good conference, a very good one, actually,’ he chirruped on Thursday morning.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘‘Oh, that must be her,’ Mr. Larsin chirruped and jumped out of his seat to answer the door.’
      • ‘One of the girls, apparently thinking she had been struck by a stroke of brilliance chirruped, ‘Oh!’’
      • ‘‘Excellent, Princess Emmeline,’ The first nymph chirruped brightly.’
      • ‘‘Good morning,’ he chirruped, looking way too adorable to be real.’
      • ‘It's the least I can do,’ Faith chirruped, her eyes wide and bright.’
      • ‘‘Ooh, thank god, it's Friday,’ Faith chirruped, but the real deal was she wasn't looking very cheery.’
      • ‘‘Thank you for letting me stay over, Mrs. Ratana,’ Kira chirruped politely, bowing slightly to Rebecca.’
      • ‘‘Well, your friends, they're nice,’ Trey chirruped, deciding he would break the ice.’
      • ‘‘Let me continue to look for joy,’ she chirrups in her Hootsmon on Sunday product-placement column.’
      • ‘‘I'm thinking medical,’ Faith chirruped brightly.’
      • ‘‘Mr. Duvall, it's no problem for me, but four o'clock, I will be back,’ she chirruped and then left the area.’
      • ‘‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A progressive chirrup let us know we had been confirmed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The meadow was silent save for the chirrups of crickets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the big, well-insulated A4, this turbo powerplant mustered a mild chirrup when the waste-gates opened.’
    • ‘Oh and there's also a chirrup like a clockwork cicada in there.’
    • ‘At that moment, the ship's interface gave a loud chirrup.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the sound of a trilling chirrup, his eyes jerked up.’
    • ‘That isn't traffic noise one can hear above the chirrup of the insects, is it?’
    • ‘‘Battery's getting low,’ he said, as the phone uttered a brief chirrup.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The music of the spheres turns out to be a mixture of whistles, chirrups, howls, static and something that sounds like chattering voices.’
    • ‘A nurse from Kerala fluttered into the room, adding sparrowy chirrups of complaint to the aviary of sounds I could already hear.’
    • ‘He heard the familiar chirrup of one of those stupid walkie-talkie/cell phones.’
    • ‘Boost targeted urban youth with such success that the chirrup is now featured in hip hop videos.’
    • ‘Creaky pylons and insect chirrups fill the periphery; Frisell is beginning to be unpredictable again…’
    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/