Definition of cheep in US English:



  • 1A shrill squeaky cry made by a bird, typically a young one.

    • ‘As you follow it along the street you begin to hear the cheeps and trills of other birds launching into a discordant chorus.’
    • ‘The little birds in the tree kept up a constant cheep of complaint, but it didn't break cover.’
    • ‘House sparrows sing by stringing together a variety of cheeps, chirps and ‘chissiks’, and flocks can make a loud noise during courtship rituals.’
    • ‘If you think nature sounds CDs are merely soft, relaxing waterfalls and bird cheeps to calm you down after a long hard day, listen again.’
    chirp, chirrup, twitter, tweet, peep, chirr, warble, trill
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    1. 1.1 A sound resembling the shrill squeaky cry made by a bird.
      ‘an electronic cheep from the alarm’
      • ‘A young woman with bright red lips and a high-pitched cheep of a voice flew at me.’
      • ‘She made about five and was on the sixth when she heard something fall on the floor and a frightened cheep from the other room.’
      • ‘As the mechanical creatures quietened, a faint cheep could be heard, then a sort of indignant squawk.’
      • ‘There is one particularly loud and insistent cheep cheep that I wish I could identify.’
      • ‘Paralysed from the neck down, all I could do was to emit more cheeps.’
      chirp, chirrup, twitter, tweet, peep, chirr, warble, trill
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[no object]
  • Make a shrill squeaky sound.

    • ‘Finally replete and satiated, the bronze bird cheeped happily, mouth opening to reveal four flat, stubby teeth.’
    • ‘The swallow settled down next to him, cheeping softly at him as if she trusted this human and knew him.’
    • ‘The chicks had been downy and charming, and cheeped sweetly with their permanently open mouths.’
    • ‘The mother bird and a few others were on the roof of the house next door, cheeping with distress.’
    • ‘I let out a few screams when one flapped their wings and chittered and cheeped at me.’
    chirp, chirrup, twitter, tweet, peep, chitter, chatter, chirr, trill, warble, sing, pipe
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Early 16th century (originally Scots): imitative (compare with peep).