- 1[intransitive] (of small birds and some insects) to make short high sounds The sparrows/crickets were chirping. Birds were chirping merrily in the trees.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to speak in a lively and cheerful way Word Origin late Middle English: imitative.
BrE BrE//tʃɜːp//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɜːrp//(also chirrup)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chirp
BrE BrE//tʃɜːp//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɜːrp//he / she / it chirps
BrE BrE//tʃɜːps//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɜːrps//past simple chirped
BrE BrE//tʃɜːpt//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɜːrpt//past participle chirped
BrE BrE//tʃɜːpt//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɜːrpt//-ing form chirping
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɜːpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɜːrpɪŋ//