I. verb Etymology: imitative Date: 1557 intransitive verb to make a chirp or a sound resembling a chirp transitive verb to utter with a cheerful liveliness <
she chirped “good morning”
II. noun Date: circa 1586 the characteristic short sharp sound especially of a small bird or insect

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  • chirp — chirp·i·ly; chirp·i·ness; chirp; chirp·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • Chirp — Chirp, n. A short, sharp note, as of a bird or insect. The chirp of flitting bird. Bryant. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • chirp — [ tʃɜrp ] verb 1. ) intransitive when a bird or an insect chirps, it makes a short high sound 2. ) intransitive or transitive to say something in a lively and happy way ╾ chirp noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • chirp — mid 15c. (implied in chirping), echoic, or else a variant of M.E. chirken to twitter (late 14c.), from O.E. cearcian to creak, gnash. Related: Chirped. As a noun, attested from 1802 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • chirp — ► VERB 1) (of a small bird or a grasshopper) utter a short, sharp, high pitched sound. 2) say something in a lively and cheerful way. ► NOUN ▪ a chirping sound. ORIGIN imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • chirp — [chʉrp] vi. [ME chirpen, echoic var. of chirken, CHIRK] 1. to make the short, shrill sound of some birds or insects 2. to speak in a lively, shrill way vt. to utter in a sharp, shrill tone n. a short, shrill sound chirper n …   English World dictionary

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