chiffchaff

noun

chiff·​chaff ˈchif-ˌchaf How to pronounce chiffchaff (audio)
: a small grayish European warbler (Phylloscopus collybita)

Examples of chiffchaff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Raskin has made a few-second chirp of a chiffchaff bird. Camille Bromley, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

imitative

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chiffchaff was in 1780

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“Chiffchaff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chiffchaff. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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