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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On a visit in May, the only noise that could be heard over chirping birds was a bulldozer flattening a piece of adjacent land to build another field for Vrelo Sport. James Montague, New York Times, "Leading Serbia at World Cup, Nemanja Matic Has One Foot Rooted at Home," 22 June 2018 At the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, where the Trump Taj Mahal used to be, the only sound emanating about its sportsbook is similar to chirping crickets. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "While Ocean Resort revels in its sportsbook, the Hard Rock is silent," 21 June 2018 Just sit on the porch and listen to the birds chirping. Debra Bruno, chicagotribune.com, "Put down the phone, look at the world around you, waste a little time," 3 July 2018 When an adult brought a bright green worm to the hole, the juvenile chirping chorus sounded inside the house. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Volunteers build new playground in North Chicago," 24 June 2018 And so the orchestra played the spot again, and this time birds chirped and tweeted. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Nicholas Angelich joins Stéphane Denève and Philadelphia Orchestra on musical jaunts," 27 Apr. 2018 Like politicians interrupting each other or reporters jockeying to get their question answered, barn owl chicks may try to outdo each other by chirping louder or more quickly in an effort to attract favor from their mothers during feeding. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Some Animals Take Turns While Talking, Just Like Humans. Why?," 20 June 2018 This seems to be the case for all people that chirp the loudest about how racist America is. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Candace Owens challenges ESPN star Jemele Hill to racism debate, says Dems use her to 'paralyze blacks with undue fear'," 10 July 2018 People expressed delight at chirping birds or the laughter of friends talking on front stoops. Chris Berdik, BostonGlobe.com, "Is Boston getting noisier? This app is designed to help us find out," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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 For instance, birds and tree frogs must adjust their twitters and chirps just to be heard above the din of rush hour traffic. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 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 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

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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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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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