from The Century Dictionary.

  • To chirp as a bird.
  • To emit a mournful sound, as birds collected together before a storm.
  • To utter as with a chirp.
  • noun Clamor; confused noise.
  • noun Specifically, the mournful sound emitted before a storm by birds collected together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Noise; din; esp.; confused noise, clamor, or hum of many voices, notes of birds, or the like.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To chirp or to make a mournful cry, as a bird.

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  • verb obsolete To chirp or to make a mournful cry, as a bird does.


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Compare chirp and Anglo-Saxon cyrman, cirman, to cry out.


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  • No sound came to break the quiet of the evening hour save the monotonous plaint of a whippoorwill in a distant brake, and the ceaseless chirm of insects among the leafy boughs and down in the ferns that clustered on the knolls round about.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby 1861

  • To Captivate, kap'ti-vlte.v. a. To take prifoner, to bring into bondage; to chirm, to fubduc.

    A critical pronouncing dictionary and expositor of the English language 1797


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  • See chavish. The collective noun "charm," referring to certain flocks of birds, apparently derives from this word.

    January 5, 2008

  • The birds in dawn chorus confirm

    The early bird captures the worm.

    The cries of the winners

    And slugabed sinners

    Produce a cacophonous chirm.

    March 9, 2017