chirr
noun Etymology: imitative Date: circa 1600 the short vibrant or trilled sound characteristic of an insect (as a grasshopper or cicada) • chirr intransitive verb

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  • chirr — c.1600, echoic of a grasshopper s trill …   Etymology dictionary

  • chirr — [chʉr] n. [echoic] a shrill, trilled sound, as of some insects or birds vi. to make such a sound …   English World dictionary

  • chirr — /cherr/, v.i. 1. to make a characteristic shrill, trilling sound, as a grasshopper. n. 2. the sound of chirring. Also, chirre, churr. [1590 1600; alter. of CHIRP] * * * …   Universalium

  • chirr — 1. verb /tʃɹ̩/ To make a prolonged trilling sound of an insect (e.g. a grasshopper, a cicada). 2. noun /tʃɹ̩/ The trilled sound made by an insect …   Wiktionary

  • chirr — tʃɜː n. sound produced by a cricket or grasshopper …   English contemporary dictionary

  • chirr — [tʃə:] (also churr) verb (especially of an insect) make a prolonged low trilling sound. noun a low trilling sound. Origin C17: imitative …   English new terms dictionary

  • chirr — [[t]tʃɜr[/t]] v. i. 1) anb to make a characteristic shrill, trilling sound, as a grasshopper does 2) anb the sound of chirring • Etymology: 1590–1600; alter. of chirp …   From formal English to slang

  • chirr — /tʃɜ/ (say cher) verb (i) 1. to make a shrill trilling sound, as a grasshopper. 2. to make a similar sound. –noun 3. the sound of chirring. Also, churr. {apparently backformation from chirrup} …   Australian English dictionary

  • chirr —   v.i. make trill sound like a grasshopper …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • chirr — v. & n. (also churr) v.intr. (esp. of insects) make a prolonged low trilling sound. n. this sound. Etymology: imit …   Useful english dictionary

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