Definition of chirr in US English:

chirr

(also churr)

verb

[no object]
  • (of an insect) make a prolonged low trilling sound.

    • ‘‘Calm, calm,’ she chirred softly, a finger touching my jaw and hushing my stumbling chatter.’
    • ‘Wood pigeons were churring, providing a steady contra-bass to a splendid dawn chorus, but no more cuckoo.’
    • ‘The animals of the forest were largely quiet, and the locusts chirred intermittently.’
    • ‘I had watched over her while she slept, listening to her chirr in pain as the wagon bumped her around…’
    • ‘The road turned away from town and the hills rolled; the trees, bunched in groves, crickets chirring infrequently in the eve.’
    • ‘Beside me the Sathe muttered and chirred in her sleep, in waking.’
    • ‘As you hike up through the gracious park, dotted with palaces turned museums, crickets chirr in the plane trees and pines.’
    • ‘They whirred, clicked, chirred and rattled till she dumped the whole teeming mass of them on the bed.’
    • ‘In the trees a pair of wood pigeons churred away happily.’
    • ‘Catching a breath she inched forward and chirred to herself.’
    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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noun

  • A low trilling sound.

    • ‘One was short, downward inflected, and frequency modulated that we have termed a ‘churr’ (corresponding to the ‘chin’ of Willis 1985).’
    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

Early 17th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

chirr

/CHər//tʃər/