\ 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.

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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 Cricket chirps occur when a male rubs his wings together rapidly. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "You Can Tell How Hot It Is Outside Just by Listening to the Crickets," 8 July 2019 Some key players seemed worn down in the second half, and there was chirping about head coach Jill Ellis’s hesitancy to turn to her bench. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Why You Need to Watch the USWNT vs. France," 27 June 2019 Andy doesn't like this time of year, the spring and early summer months, when birds chirp to signal the beginning of each new day and flowers bloom and everything comes alive., "Livonia dad torments himself every day over his son's final hours," 16 June 2019 The carefree, mostly outdoor kind where birds chirp in the background and the afternoon light is perfect for photos. Heidi Stevens,, "Help wanted: Summer nanny to have all the fun I'd rather be having," 25 May 2018 Same goes for the chirping birds and the sunsets that look like Cotton Candy Trix Yogurt (or better yet, Glossier Paint). Teen Vogue, "Here Are 13 "Groundbreaking" Pastel Pieces for Spring," 1 Apr. 2019 That’s why the NFPA recommends testing your smoke alarms at least once a month, replacing the batteries once a year (or when the alarm chirps to tell you the battery is low), and replacing any smoke alarm that’s more than 10 years old. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "House Fires Are Way More Common in Winter—Here’s How to Stay Safe," 23 Jan. 2019 Shopping 12 Slides The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and spring sales are starting -- much to our bank accounts dismay. Teen Vogue, "Everything We’re Buying From & Other Stories Sale Before It’s Too Late," 20 Mar. 2019

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The record—just the second the magazine had ever included—provides a brisk 11-minute audio summary of the space race, from the groundbreaking chirps of the Soviet satellite Sputnik to Armstrong and Aldrin’s conversations on the lunar surface. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Apollo 8's commander reflects on the sights and sounds of the space age," 28 June 2019 The alternate ending strikes a different tone than the theatrical cut, which concluded with an undead Louis, Rachel, and Ellie approaching the family car as young Gage sat inside and audiences heard the chirp of a car alarm doorlock. James Hibberd,, "Watch Pet Sematary's agonizing alternate ending," 21 June 2019 For the first time in months, the occasional chirp of a bird weaves its way between the crunch of snow and my heavy breathing. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Ski Uphill This Spring," 29 Apr. 2019 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,, "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

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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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