American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A harsh trilling sound, such as that made by crickets.
- v. To make a harsh trilling sound.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To murmur or coo as a pigeon.
- To utter a tremulous, rattling sound; make a shrill jarring noise, such as that made by the cricket or cicada; chirp.
- n. A monotonous, sharp, stridulous sound such as that made by the cricket or cicada.
- v. intransitive To make a prolonged trilling sound of an insect (e.g. a grasshopper, a cicada).
- n. The trilled sound made by an insect.
- v. make a vibrant noise, of grasshoppers or cicadas
- Imitative (Wiktionary)
- Imitative. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Like a bad dream they faded away and the soothing chirr of the crickets returned and once again she slept.”
“Birdehs cum and eet deh seeds, kittehs watch frum windoze and chirr and make deh but wiggle ub doom at dem.”
“In the evening when the dogs howl and the crickets chirr, and the huge moon hoists above the hills, and in Argostoli the searchlights search for false alarms, I take my sweet Antonia.”
“She could hear the hiss of the ventilators, the faint, distant hum of the power conduits, and the soft chirr and beep as the computer finished the last complex set of calculations and presented its results.”
“They are wonderful and will always be associated in my mind with summer things-corn on the cob, watermelon, the nighttime chirr of crickets, the sound of my parents 'neighbor Mr. Piper arriving home late from one of his lodge meetings, parking his car with the aid of his garbage cans, then serenading Mr.. Piper with two choruses of "Rose of Seville" before settling down for a nap on the lawn.”
“The boy's piping, the wind in the lyre, and the chirr of crickets, all mingled with it; it was like the voice of the mountain.”
“The soldier stood erect, gray-faced and immovable, his eyes fixed, his teeth set, his hand gripping the pike, till the insects, reassured, began to chirr close about him.”
“They have peculiar notes like a clear whistle, and a "_chirr, chirr! _" which they utter when flying.”
“A monotonous locust was chirr-chirr-chirring from a nearby cottonwood ... and in the long hedge of Osage oranges moaned wood doves ....”
“Not at all," replied the little man, in a voice as dry and crisp as the chirr of a grasshopper.”
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