Definition of chirp in English:

chirp

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1(typically of a small bird or an insect) utter a short, sharp, high-pitched sound.

    ‘outside, the crickets chirped monotonously’
    • ‘He could hear the sound of the birds chirping as they flew by, the flow of the nearby river and the wind blowing against the trees above them.’
    • ‘It was a lovely day on the planet Quamina, bright and green, birds chirping; insects jumping.’
    • ‘On Friday morning, Sheree awakened to delightful sunbeams pouring into the room from the window and the sound of baby birds chirping in their nest.’
    • ‘Estrella yawned a little, and closed her eyes, listening silently to the serene sound of birds chirping and the small insects of summer buzzing.’
    • ‘Birds were chirping quietly, a sound that increased in volume as the minutes passed.’
    • ‘It is quiet and calming and every so often one can here a bird singing and crickets chirping.’
    • ‘The next morning, Adrian was awoken to the sounds of small birds chirping near his open windowsill.’
    • ‘With the sun shining bright and the birds chirping, and the sound of my fathers guards marching around the palace area.’
    • ‘The birds stopped chirping and even the insects went silent.’
    • ‘We were shown into a smart little auditorium where big speakers were pumping out relaxing little sounds of birds chirping and water trickling.’
    • ‘The sounds of merry birds chirping and horses neighing pleasantly awoke Nyerel.’
    • ‘The bigger trees were swaying easily in the cool breeze, their leaves making a gentle swooshing sound that would mix with the voices of small birds chirping back and forth to one another.’
    • ‘Birds were singing, insects were chirping, and people could be heard talking in their homes.’
    • ‘The birds are chirping merrily and I can hear the usual sound of motor cars hustling to reach wherever it is that their drivers need to get to.’
    • ‘Lyonha awoke to the sound of birds chirping and trees singing their ancient chants.’
    • ‘She heard the late birds chirp, the crickets whistle, the stray dogs howl.’
    • ‘At that point I began to hear birds chirping over the explosive sound of the firing range, I looked around in confusion, and then was awakened suddenly.’
    • ‘I hear the sound of birds chirping, the sound of the occasional mutt barking.’
    • ‘We are immediately greeted by the lively sounds of early birds chirping while the inviting aromas coming from the main attraction, the charcoal grill, easily flip my hunger switch.’
    • ‘The entire area was abuzz with various sounds in the air, such as leaves rustling in the wind, birds chirping, insects humming, and the distinct sound of flowing water.’
    tweet, twitter, chirrup, cheep, peep, chitter, chatter, chirr
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    1. 1.1with direct speech (of a person) say something in a lively and cheerful way.
      ‘“Good morning!” chirped Alex’
      • ‘‘I want to be a doctor when I grow up and I'll miss her when she's gone,’ she cheerfully chirped.’
      • ‘He had Leira in the car with him, and she happily chirped a ‘hello’ to Lauren.’
      • ‘‘Seal's destroyed though,’ Chris chirped cheerfully before turning doubtful eyes on Aaron.’
      • ‘The second Catholic woman chirps, ‘Well, my son is a Bishop.’’
      • ‘‘Welcome,’ the chorus of flight attendants chirped, bowing, as every person entered the plane.’
      • ‘‘Excuse me young man, it's time to enter Michigan,’ a cheerful flight attendant chirped.’
      • ‘Ten seconds later this boy chirped up ‘Oh yeah, it's the minutes silence today isn't it?’’
      • ‘Terry had chirped, ‘He talks to me and everything!’’
      • ‘‘Good morning, Aaron,’ Mary chirped happily, holding an armful of fresh bed linens.’
      • ‘‘Hi, sweetie,’ Michelle chirped and gave him a quick hug.’
      • ‘‘Why Adele you're looking just lovely,’ Ben chirped, grinning like a moron and eyeing off the tracksuit pants Adele was sporting.’
      • ‘‘Desalination’, the kids chirped, to the applause of the audience.’
      • ‘At one point Washington chirped, ‘I hear that they only get, like, three hours of sunlight in the winter!’’
      • ‘‘That's just behind the bakery where your grandma used to get her morning rolls,’ she'll chirp, as the guy you've never seen before is revealed as having been the baddie all along.’
      • ‘‘I believe in Christ too,’ a red-headed woman chirped in.’
      • ‘‘I don't like you,’ one little girl chirped after throwing toy aeroplanes at him.’
      • ‘‘Good evening, ma'am,’ the plump elevator attendant chirped.’
      • ‘‘We can take you there, if you want,’ the little girl chirped, ‘for a price.’’
      • ‘‘The audience will have to move from spot to spot, to watch the scenes enacted in different parts of the compound,’ the children chirp in glee.’
      • ‘Prince William chirps that he's ‘been on safari several times’ and is currently ‘teaching himself Swahili’.’

noun

  • A short, sharp, high-pitched sound.

    • ‘Then Kitten rolled her eyes back in her head, and gave a small sound that might have been a chirp or a squeal.’
    • ‘Although the empty buildings on the now derelict structure are silent by day, they come noisily alive on winter nights with the chirps, whistles, and varied murmurings of starlings - tens of thousands of them.’
    • ‘The melody is madly inventive and celebratory, and the singers careen around utterly at home in this mirror-world of whistles, chirps, flutes and cymbals.’
    • ‘The music of James Lucas, a 20-year-old from Bristol, chirps, chimes, buzzes and brims with otherworldly eeriness.’
    • ‘The crickets and cicadas were already revved up outside, making their chirps and clicks that used to drive me nuts back home.’
    • ‘It's during this time that male humpbacks emit vocalizations that sound, at least to human ears, like barks, chirps, and moans.’
    • ‘It wasn't the stark buzz of a bee, or the sharp chirp of a grasshopper - it was the simple, quiet hum of a butterfly.’
    • ‘While woodchucks tend to be pretty silent, their cousins are quite vocal and emit loud piercing whistles or chirps at the slightest provocation.’
    • ‘‘The territorial calls produced by the males are short buzzes, trills, chirps and combinations of clicks,’ said French as she demonstrated.’
    • ‘Hearing a chirp and a buzzing sound on my right, I turned my head.’
    • ‘It's difficult to get anywhere in the woods if you choose to stop every time you hear a chirp or a song.’
    • ‘The ants' communication sounds like high-pitched, rhythmical chirps.’
    • ‘But the bright, blindingly yellow-white sun glared down onto Nikrya, and sparrows shot from tree to tree, chattering in high-pitched chirps.’
    • ‘There are chirps and squeals and squawks and song.’
    • ‘Here discourse is always already reduced to silence, the dumbness of a chirp, the murmur of a coo.’
    • ‘To avoid collisions while in flight, they emit high-frequency chirps and process the echoes that return from nearby objects.’
    • ‘His monotonous chirp sounded precisely like the shooting noise in Space Invaders.’
    • ‘Elongated roars and fragments of voices gave a sense of atmospheric portent, while syncopated pings, clicks and chirps added a desultory counterpoint.’
    • ‘A single chirp is a short series of sound pulses followed by silence.’
    • ‘Tern rubbed his neck as though he had hurt it in the fall, made a little consoling noise like a chirp to himself, and glanced at her curiously.’
    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 Middle English: imitative.

Pronunciation

chirp

/tʃərp//CHərp/