Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To utter a series of chirps.
  • intransitive v. To make clucking or clicking sounds with the lips, as in urging on a horse.
  • transitive v. To sound with chirps.
  • transitive v. To make clucking sounds to.
  • n. A series of chirps.
  • n. A series of clucks or clicking sounds, such as those made to urge on a horse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make a series of chirps, clicks or clucks
  • n. A series of chirps, clicks or clucks

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of chirping; a chirp.
  • intransitive v. To chirp.
  • transitive v. To quicken or animate by chirping; to cherup.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To chirp.
  • To quicken, enliven, or animate, as by making a chirping sound; cherup: as, to chirrup one's horses.
  • To cheer or applaud (a public singer or the like, and for pay).
  • To produce or utter chirpingly.
  • To produce with compressed lips and suction a sharp explosive chirping sound by way of greeting or pleasing an infant or a cage-bird, or of coaxing and encouraging a dog or a horse, etc.
  • To converse or sing in a lively manner or in sprightly tones.
  • n. A chirp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make high-pitched sounds
  • n. a series of chirps

Etymologies

Variant of chirp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Esther works on maintaining her attention only in the present; there is always the now—an endlessly adjusting smell of the wind, the shining of the stars, the deep five-call chirrup chirrup of the cicadas in the park.

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  • Again, it should be known that the conventional "chirrup" (7) to quiet and "cluck" to rouse a horse are a sort of precept of the training school; and supposing any one from the beginning chose to associate soft soothing actions with the "cluck" sound, and harsh rousing actions with the "chirrup," the horse could be taught to rouse himself at the

    On Horsemanship

  • At night other sounds are heard, less agreeable to the ear: the shrill "chirrup" of cicadas and tree-toads ringing so incessantly, that only when they cease do you become conscious of their existence; the dull "gluck-gluck" of the great bullfrog; the sharp cries of the heron and _qua-bird_; and the sepulchral screech of the great horned owl.

    The Wild Huntress Love in the Wilderness

  • A "chirrup" can be sounded if pedestrians or cyclists seem unaware of its presence.

    BC Bloggers

  • They chitter, chatter and chirrup, twitching their tails as if they were furry lariats.

    In the urban game park, nut-gatherers rule

  • Between each chirrup in a chorus of spring peepers, tiny pauses.

    The Sound Thief « A Fly in Amber

  • For an hour, our group wandered round Pripyat, stepping over broken glass and lumps of wood and stone, with the constant chirrup of our radiation counters providing warnings if we strayed too far.

    Chernobyl 25 years on: a poisoned landscape

  • He slightly slacked the reins on the restless, head-tossing animals, and without need of chirrup they took the weight of the light vehicle and passed up the hill and apprehensively on the inside of the purring machine.

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  • It is at this stage that Zombie Isner starts to look like Zombie Mahut and the Zombie Umpire stops croaking and starts to chirrup like a grasshopper.

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  • Decade after decade, poetry slips into its fifteen-hundred-copy-print-run oblivion and scattered identities on the Internet, and we hear not one chirrup about it from the leading thinkers or writers who have access to a dialogue with the greater public.

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  • A duodene of birdnotes chirruped bright treble answer under sensitive hands.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 11

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