chirp

verb
\ ˈchərp \
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"

chirp

noun

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

Verb

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

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Being so exposed is an eerie feeling at first, to be sure, but the serenade of chirping frogs and grunting hippos becomes familiar in due course. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 While offenders spend their minor penalties chirping with fans and sneaking sweets, what unfolds on the ice during their exile often has major implications, particularly in the playoffs. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Enter the Sin Bin: What It's Like to Be Sent to 'Adult Timeout' in the NHL," 17 Apr. 2018 Cooing, chirping, croaking, and splashing does seem a perfect background soundtrack to the Muslim call to prayer. Marian Mcevoy, ELLE Decor, "An Intimate Look Inside Yves Saint Laurent’s Private Marrakech Home," 2 Aug. 2018 Birds wake up in the eaves of the schoolhouse, chirping as the sun streams in through the windows. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Four: The Gospel of Bundy," 18 May 2018 The weather's getting warmer and the parks are full of birds chirping, flowers blooming, and kids running and laughing. Redbook, "The Great Mom Debate: Do You Use Your Smartphone When You're With Your Kids?," 8 June 2011 The birds are chirping, and the sun is shining on her blond hair. Annina Mislin, Glamour, "You Don't Know the Real Lili Reinhart," 12 Sep. 2018 Chorus waves got their name because, when converted to sound, listeners likened it to a chorus of birds chirping. Chelsea Gohd, Space.com, "Jupiter's Largest Moon Ganymede Produces Powerful Plasma Waves," 8 Aug. 2018 This no-frills massage parlor feels fairly traditional—picture black or red leather chairs, lattice woodwork, and a soundtrack of birds chirping. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong," 27 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

What pushed it so far beyond your standard game experience was the ability to make that trek with another anonymous human player who could only communicate to you through emotive chirps. Nick Statt, The Verge, "VR storybook game Luna is even more mesmerizing on Magic Leap’s headset," 18 Dec. 2018 The little canary's chirps were probably silenced just as the fire's chocking smoke engulfed its tiny cage. Thanassis Stavrakis And Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "Dolls, bicycles among charred belongings leftover from blaze," 28 July 2018 Birds chirp, two assistants chase after a small dog named Biggie, a makeup artist fusses over primer and lash glue. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 Mockingbirds chirp, roosters crow and the evening news blares in Spanish. Sundays, church bells ring and the air is all carne asada. Esmeralda Bermudez, latimes.com, "An artist finds his subject in the hills of East L.A.," 14 Apr. 2018 Halfwerk's team let their bats hunt the robotic frogs under a few different noisy conditions in the large cage, all the while tracking and recording their ultrasonic chirps. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "When Humans Make Too Much Noise, Bats Just Change How They Hunt," 15 Sep. 2016 This is the reality of a wireless, connected world where car doors lock with a click and a chirp, where children in the back seat stream videos and companies can update software technology remotely. Phoebe Wall Howard, ajc, "Why you might want to wrap your car key fob in foil," 8 July 2018 This is the reality of a wireless, connected world where car doors lock with a click and a chirp, where children in the back seat stream videos and companies can update software technology remotely. Phoebe Wall Howard, ajc, "Why you might want to wrap your car key fob in foil," 8 July 2018 That’s when that excruciatingly irritating little chirp from one of our smoke alarms began going off every 30 seconds. Nick Hoppe, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lovely sounds in the middle of the night," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of chirp

Verb

1557, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chirp

Verb

imitative

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chirotony

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chir pine

chirpy

chirr

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The first known use of chirp was in 1557

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More Definitions for chirp

chirp

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chirp

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

chirp

noun
\ ˈchərp \

Kids Definition of chirp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

chirp

verb
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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