Definition of chirrup in US English:

chirrup

verbchirruping, chirruped, chirrups

[no object]
  • 1(especially of a small bird) make repeated short high-pitched sounds; twitter.

    • ‘The sound of crickets chirruping in the bushes to the side of the porch adds to the appeal of the Spring time night.’
    • ‘The air is full of the smell of honeysuckle, the buzzing of bees, the chirruping of bluebirds, and the sizzling of meat.’
    • ‘A bird chirruped from the boughs of a nearby tree.’
    • ‘A sparrow chirrups on the rooftop next to me, and a bee carelessly buzzes into the honeysuckle growing down my wall.’
    • ‘No life was visible - no birds chirruped in the matchstick trees, no children laughed among the remnants of the blaze.’
    • ‘Fingers of morning light were gracing the eastern sky and birds were beginning to fidget and chirrup in the trees.’
    • ‘In the branches above him birds chirruped, startling him.’
    • ‘Maybe it's the seductive chirruping of cicadas in the cypress 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, the crickets chirrup incessantly in the humid Indian night.’
    • ‘The grass shifted and chirruping sounded in the distance, ringing through the forest.’
    • ‘Outside, a bird chirruped extra loud and he covered his ears with a scowl.’
    • ‘It was utterly, silent, too - no bird calls or insect chirrups disturbed the sandy desert.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, at least in its opening bars, the song of the Green Dolphin chirrups along like the opening animation of The Donna Reed Show.’
    • ‘A owl hooted in the distance and the crickets chirruped.’
    • ‘Crickets were chirruping idly in the trees, and in the distance, I could see a small child playing with abandoned armaments.’
    • ‘The sound of crickets chirruping filled the still air.’
    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’
      • ‘One of the girls, apparently thinking she had been struck by a stroke of brilliance chirruped, ‘Oh!’’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘‘I'm thinking medical,’ Faith chirruped brightly.’
      • ‘‘A pretty penny for the NHS,’ it chirruped the day after the budget.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘‘Ooh, thank god, it's Friday,’ Faith chirruped, but the real deal was she wasn't looking very cheery.’
      • ‘‘Mr. Duvall, it's no problem for me, but four o'clock, I will be back,’ she chirruped and then left the area.’
      • ‘‘Oh, that must be her,’ Mr. Larsin chirruped and jumped out of his seat to answer the door.’
      • ‘Margo MacDonald chirrups: ‘Keep a pure heart, an insatiable curiosity and a good hairdresser.’’
      • ‘‘Let me continue to look for joy,’ she chirrups in her Hootsmon on Sunday product-placement column.’
      • ‘‘Excellent, Princess Emmeline,’ The first nymph chirruped brightly.’
      • ‘‘Yeah, it's been a good conference, a very good one, actually,’ he chirruped on Thursday morning.’
      • ‘It's the least I can do,’ Faith chirruped, her eyes wide and bright.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Good morning,’ he chirruped, looking way too adorable to be real.’
      • ‘‘Well, your friends, they're nice,’ Trey chirruped, deciding he would break the ice.’
      • ‘‘Thank you for letting me stay over, Mrs. Ratana,’ Kira chirruped politely, bowing slightly to Rebecca.’
      • ‘‘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.’

nounPlural chirrups

  • A short, high-pitched sound.

    • ‘The music of the spheres turns out to be a mixture of whistles, chirrups, howls, static and something that sounds like chattering voices.’
    • ‘Oh and there's also a chirrup like a clockwork cicada in there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Boost targeted urban youth with such success that the chirrup is now featured in hip hop videos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Creaky pylons and insect chirrups fill the periphery; Frisell is beginning to be unpredictable again…’
    • ‘Outside, the monotonous chirrup of crickets and other night insects formed a gentle hum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Battery's getting low,’ he said, as the phone uttered a brief 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.’
    • ‘He heard the familiar chirrup of one of those stupid walkie-talkie/cell phones.’
    • ‘That isn't traffic noise one can hear above the chirrup of the insects, is it?’
    • ‘A progressive chirrup let us know we had been confirmed.’
    • ‘The meadow was silent save for the chirrups of crickets.’
    • ‘In the big, well-insulated A4, this turbo powerplant mustered a mild chirrup when the waste-gates opened.’
    • ‘At that moment, the ship's interface gave a loud chirrup.’
    • ‘At the sound of a trilling chirrup, his eyes jerked up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A nurse from Kerala fluttered into the room, adding sparrowy chirrups of complaint to the aviary of sounds I could already hear.’
    • ‘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.’
    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//ˈCHirəp/