\ 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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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 Birds chirped in the morning sun, rain showers fell on the forest and hikers gleefully walked the muddy trails, soaking in the bright green glow of nature after nearly two months of being kept out. oregonlive, "Hikers return to Tryon Creek in Portland as some Oregon state parks reopen," 6 May 2020 Flowers will bloom into soft bright hues, birds are chirping again, the warmth and glow of the sunlight will last later and later into the evening. USA Today, "Coronavirus anxiety has upended our lives, but take a moment to breathe," 1 Apr. 2020 Ashore, these birds often congregate in colonies, making calls and chirps important tools for passing information back and forth to mates, chicks and competitors. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a First, Researchers Record Penguins Vocalizing Under Water," 23 Mar. 2020 The video shows two of the birds bobbing together, nudging their beaks against one another and chirping as a number of fellow Laysans sing and sit in a grassy field. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Video of Laysan albatross 'courtship dance' on Midway Atoll shared by US Fish & Wildlife," 30 Apr. 2020 Some folks checking out the illuminated tree wondered if a chirping bird sound was real or simply a festive audio addition. Karie Angell Luc,, "Evanston tree lighting brings out community performers and spectators," 10 Dec. 2019 With a mighty leap, the bullfrogs vaulted off and into the night, joining the chirping crickets. Vanessa Hua,, "Tastes like trout?," 4 Sep. 2019 So can closing your eyes and listening to birds chirping in your yard. oregonlive, "How do Oregonians cope when we can’t escape to our favorite natural spaces?," 4 Apr. 2020 My parents enjoyed listening to a music program that was on the radio on Sunday mornings that had instrumental music accompanied by birds chirping. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Residents and businesses trying to stay as ‘normal’ as possible during coronavirus pandemic: Whit & Whimsey," 3 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even the rowdiest brake-torque starts elicit but a chirp from the rear tires. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1996 Aston Martin DB7 Volante Makes the English Sports-Car Brand Relevant Again," 20 May 2020 But not every ultrasonic chirp is for navigation purposes. Rebecca Boyle, Popular Science, "How Hungry Bats Call Dibs On Dinner, And Warn Others to Back Off," 16 Apr. 2014 On April 15, a half-dozen officers drove their squads in a mini-procession to the family’s house near 75th and Becher in West Allis, punctuating their arrival with siren chirps and blasts. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 6-year-old thought his birthday party was cancelled. Then West Allis police showed up.," 21 Apr. 2020 Two finches chirp from a birdcage on the kitchen counter, next to a large bottle of hand sanitizer. Keith Bierygolick,, "Faith and the coronavirus: Religious Cincinnatians try to stay together while being apart," 27 Mar. 2020 Many sounded like brief, simple chirps, lasting just 0.06 seconds on average—far shorter from the sounds penguins emit on land, which are louder, more complex and can run several seconds apiece. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a First, Researchers Record Penguins Vocalizing Under Water," 23 Mar. 2020 The chirps get louder as the bird approaches the ground. Tom Fegely, Field & Stream, "Don’t Miss the Woodcock’s Spring Courtship Flight," 13 Apr. 2020 Players sit along the baselines to root on their teammate and chirp at the opposition. Los Angeles Times, "Justin Turner’s home run derby idea is already a smashing success in one league," 9 Apr. 2020 Steel and his colleagues deployed an array of microphones to count bats by recording their distinctive echolocation chirps and squeaks over four years at six sites in the Sierra Nevada. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Burned Habitats Benefit Bats," 5 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of chirp was in 1557

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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chirp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce chirp (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chirp

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


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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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