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, 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

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 In Paris’s oldest basketball court, the pair erected a tropical paradise with neon flowers, lemon verbena wafting about, and the chirping sounds of Aussie birds on the soundtrack. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Romance Was Born Brings Its “Kinda Couture” to Paris," 3 July 2018 In six visits to the property, biologists briefly spotted one chirping male warbler. John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News, "City says developer who clear cut trees was following rules," 29 June 2018 Coming out of a 90-degree turn, the motor provided enough pop to chirp the tires and make up some time lost on the hairpin. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is betta’, inside and out," 22 May 2018 Somewhere between Anderson watching the home run ball travel 414 feet and crossing home plate, Anderson began to chirp. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Benches clear, Eric Skoglund dazzles in Royals' doubleheader win over White Sox | The Kansas City Star," 28 Apr. 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 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 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, Detroit Free Press, "Why you might want to wrap your car fob in foil," 6 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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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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