Definitions

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

  • n. A short, high-pitched sound, such as that made by a small bird or an insect.
  • intransitive v. To make a short, high-pitched sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short, sharp or high note or noise, as of a bird or insect.
  • v. to make a short, sharp, cheerful note, as of small birds or crickets
  • v. to speak in a high-pitched staccato

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make a shop, sharp, cheerful, as of small birds or crickets.
  • n. A short, sharp note, as of a bird or insect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a short, sharp, cheery sound, as is done by small birds and various insects.
  • To utter inarticulate sounds expressive of satisfaction or pleasure.
  • To sound or utter in a chirping manner.
  • n. A short, sharp, cheerful note, as of certain birds and insects.
  • To cheer; enliven: known only in the present participle.

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

  • n. a sharp sound made by small birds or insects
  • v. sing in modulation
  • v. make high-pitched sounds

Etymologies

Middle English *chirpen, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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