Definition of chirp verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    chirp

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2[intransitive, transitive] to speak in a lively and cheerful way
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: imitative.

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