Definition of chirp in English:



  • 1 (typically of a small bird or an insect) utter a short, sharp, high-pitched sound.

    ‘outside, the crickets chirped monotonously’
    • ‘It is quiet and calming and every so often one can here a bird singing and crickets chirping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘I hear the sound of birds chirping, the sound of the occasional mutt barking.’
    • ‘Birds were singing, insects were chirping, and people could be heard talking in their homes.’
    • ‘The next morning, Adrian was awoken to the sounds of small birds chirping near his open windowsill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sounds of merry birds chirping and horses neighing pleasantly awoke Nyerel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a lovely day on the planet Quamina, bright and green, birds chirping; insects jumping.’
    • ‘Estrella yawned a little, and closed her eyes, listening silently to the serene sound of birds chirping and the small insects of summer buzzing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lyonha awoke to the sound of birds chirping and trees singing their ancient chants.’
    • ‘Birds were chirping quietly, a sound that increased in volume as the minutes passed.’
    • ‘She heard the late birds chirp, the crickets whistle, the stray dogs howl.’
    • ‘The birds stopped chirping and even the insects went silent.’
    • ‘With the sun shining bright and the birds chirping, and the sound of my fathers guards marching around the palace area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We were shown into a smart little auditorium where big speakers were pumping out relaxing little sounds of birds chirping and water trickling.’
    tweet, twitter, chirrup, cheep, peep, chitter, chatter, chirr
    sing, warble, trill, pipe
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    1. 1.1[with direct speech](of a person) say something in a lively and cheerful way.
      ‘“Good morning!” chirped Alex’
      • ‘‘Desalination’, the kids chirped, to the applause of the audience.’
      • ‘Prince William chirps that he's ‘been on safari several times’ and is currently ‘teaching himself Swahili’.’
      • ‘Ten seconds later this boy chirped up ‘Oh yeah, it's the minutes silence today isn't it?’’
      • ‘‘I don't like you,’ one little girl chirped after throwing toy aeroplanes at him.’
      • ‘‘Excuse me young man, it's time to enter Michigan,’ a cheerful flight attendant chirped.’
      • ‘‘I want to be a doctor when I grow up and I'll miss her when she's gone,’ she cheerfully chirped.’
      • ‘‘Good morning, Aaron,’ Mary chirped happily, holding an armful of fresh bed linens.’
      • ‘‘Why Adele you're looking just lovely,’ Ben chirped, grinning like a moron and eyeing off the tracksuit pants Adele was sporting.’
      • ‘‘We can take you there, if you want,’ the little girl chirped, ‘for a price.’’
      • ‘‘Welcome,’ the chorus of flight attendants chirped, bowing, as every person entered the plane.’
      • ‘Terry had chirped, ‘He talks to me and everything!’’
      • ‘He had Leira in the car with him, and she happily chirped a ‘hello’ to Lauren.’
      • ‘‘I believe in Christ too,’ a red-headed woman chirped in.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘The second Catholic woman chirps, ‘Well, my son is a Bishop.’’
      • ‘‘Hi, sweetie,’ Michelle chirped and gave him a quick hug.’
      • ‘‘Seal's destroyed though,’ Chris chirped cheerfully before turning doubtful eyes on Aaron.’
      • ‘‘Good evening, ma'am,’ the plump elevator attendant chirped.’
      • ‘At one point Washington chirped, ‘I hear that they only get, like, three hours of sunlight in the winter!’’


  • A short, sharp, high-pitched sound.

    • ‘But the bright, blindingly yellow-white sun glared down onto Nikrya, and sparrows shot from tree to tree, chattering in high-pitched chirps.’
    • ‘Here discourse is always already reduced to silence, the dumbness of a chirp, the murmur of a coo.’
    • ‘There are chirps and squeals and squawks and song.’
    • ‘To avoid collisions while in flight, they emit high-frequency chirps and process the echoes that return from nearby objects.’
    • ‘While woodchucks tend to be pretty silent, their cousins are quite vocal and emit loud piercing whistles or chirps at the slightest provocation.’
    • ‘It's during this time that male humpbacks emit vocalizations that sound, at least to human ears, like barks, chirps, and moans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 ants' communication sounds like high-pitched, rhythmical chirps.’
    • ‘A single chirp is a short series of sound pulses followed by silence.’
    • ‘‘The territorial calls produced by the males are short buzzes, trills, chirps and combinations of clicks,’ said French as she demonstrated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hearing a chirp and a buzzing sound on my right, I turned my head.’
    • ‘His monotonous chirp sounded precisely like the shooting noise in Space Invaders.’
    • ‘Then Kitten rolled her eyes back in her head, and gave a small sound that might have been a chirp or a squeal.’
    • ‘Elongated roars and fragments of voices gave a sense of atmospheric portent, while syncopated pings, clicks and chirps added a desultory counterpoint.’
    • ‘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 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 difficult to get anywhere in the woods if you choose to stop every time you hear a chirp or a song.’


Late Middle English: imitative.