chirked; chirking; chirks

transitive verb

: cheer
play with her and chirk her up a littleHarriet B. Stowe

Word History


Middle English charken, chirken to creak, chirp, from Old English cearcian to creak; akin to Old English cracian to crack

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chirk was in 1843

Dictionary Entries Near chirk

Cite this Entry

“Chirk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!