Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of European warbler (Sylvia hippolais); -- called also chip-chap, and pettychaps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common European bird of the subfamily Sylviinæ or warblers, the Sylvia hippolais (Latham), S. rufa (Bechstein), now Phylloscopus rufus: a near relative of the willow-warbler and wood-warbler, which it much resembles.
  • To utter the notes of the chiff-chaff.

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Examples

  • People skim those ‘chiff-chaff’ little notes and forget them the next moment.

    The Silver Spoon

  • During the five years I spent at school at Bradfield I would usually, towards the end of March, receive a postcard from him saying simply, 'I have heard the chiff-chaff.'

    The Girl In A Swing

  • (And there's a chiff-chaff, soft, and slim, and brown.)

    The verse-book of a homely woman

  • Laugh! cries the chiff-chaff all day long, careless of elaboration if he can give his message, effectually cutting the silence with his two small notes like silver shears.

    The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing

  • I have an uneasy feeling that all last year the chiff-chaff was asking himself why I wrote every day.

    If I May

  • Indeed, I think, perhaps, it would have been wiser of me to have left the chiff-chaff out of it altogether.

    If I May

  • I do not want an explanation of a thrush's song or a nightingale's, but why does a silly bird go on saying "chiff-chaff" all day long?

    If I May

  • In every tree in the garden a thrush woke up and began to sing; sparrows chirped, jays screamed, blue-tits chattered, and the chiff-chaff uttered his strange note.

    The Sleeping Beauty

  • Listen to the chiff-chaff ingeminating the familiar unchanging call and message of spring.

    A Traveller in Little Things

  • The chiff-chaff, the common warbler of this moorland district, was now abundant, more so than anywhere else in England; two or three were flitting about among the alder leaves within a few feet of my head, and

    A Traveller in Little Things

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