\ ˈchərp How to pronounce chirp (audio) \
chirped; chirping; chirps

Definition of chirp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a chirp or a sound resembling a chirp

transitive verb

: to utter with a cheerful liveliness she chirped "good morning"



Definition of chirp (Entry 2 of 2)

: the characteristic short sharp sound especially of a small bird or insect

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Synonyms for chirp

Synonyms: Verb

cheep, chirrup, chitter, jargon, peep, pip, pipe, tweet, twitter

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Examples of chirp in a Sentence


The birds were chirping in the trees. We heard the crickets chirping.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

About 100 guests, including the Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and the actor Hailee Steinfeld, gathered before a pond-side altar to the sounds of chirping birds and swaying palm trees. New York Times, "Snapchat Message Leads to Longer Story for Hunter McGrady," 12 July 2019 And chirping away inside was a beautiful cockatiel. Joan Dobrovic,, "A Chip on her shoulder: Send us your pet rescue stories," 27 June 2019 The frightened baby birds stopped chirping long enough to listen. The Christian Science Monitor, "What really makes us what we are?," 25 June 2019 Others likened the sounds to chirping insects or metal dragging across a floor. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Can Ultrasonic Noise Make You Sick?," 16 June 2018 Adams chirped nonstop about Hardy’s disturbing past throughout his fight-week media appearances. Dave Doyle, MMA Junkie, "Greg Hardy can keep winning, but we can't move on from his past just yet | Opinion," 21 July 2019 Birds chirped around us, and the sky blazed a brilliant light blue color. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "I Didn't Think I Liked Cycling—Until I Went on an Epic 239-Mile Trip," 11 July 2019 Soon, tree frogs and crickets loudly chirp a bewitching symphony. Norma Meyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "James Bond’s Jamaican roots," 13 June 2019 While most of us dream of a slow morning with sunshine streaming through the windows and birds chirping outdoors, reality looks more like an obnoxious-sounding alarm clock blaring through the darkness. Braelyn Wood,, "You Can Snag This Best-Selling Sunrise Alarm Clock Our Readers Love for Just $89 Today," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Zoo’s popular Giant Panda Cam is one of the best ways to listen in for the chirps, honks, bleats, barks and squeals. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "14 Fun Facts About Giant Pandas," 10 Aug. 2019 Birds chirp, a child drifts by on a scooter, and parallel parking is a dream. Kara Baskin,, "At The Porch in Medford, deviled eggs, fried chicken, pork rinds, and other Southern flavors," 7 Aug. 2019 Some chirp, squawk, chatter, slither, hiss or simply blow bubbles. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Photos: Unusual pets sharing our Bay Area homes," 1 Aug. 2019 If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Avoid smoke alarm failures; new guidelines mean more home alarms and more saved lives," 29 July 2019 Males of the species emit high-pitched chirps to find mates. José Vieira, National Geographic, "Corruption, gold mining threaten a new see-through glass frog," 6 Mar. 2019 Another, weaker chirp showed up in the weeks that followed. Quanta Magazine, "Gravitational Waves Discovered at Long Last," 11 Feb. 2016 When a disc is placed against the duck’s chest, the robot acts out the emotion, unleashing happy chirps or uneasy moans. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "Children battling cancer can’t always express their feelings. Now a robotic duck is doing it for them.," 20 June 2019 My passing would trigger a chorus of squeaks and chirps from the nestbox. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Tiny birdhouse an unexpected home for wren family," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of chirp


1557, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of chirp

: to make a short high-pitched sound
: to say (something) in a cheerful and lively way


\ ˈchərp How to pronounce chirp (audio) \

Kids Definition of chirp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the short high-pitched sound made by crickets and some small birds


chirped; chirping

Kids Definition of chirp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a short high-pitched sound We heard insects chirping.

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