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  • v. Present participle of chirrup.


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  • Your own persevering chirruping is (in my humble judgment) so out of character with a season, in which every wise creature must be apprehensive for the future, that I can only excuse it on the ground of an ignorance and levity, which you have had no opportunity of correcting.

    Parables From Nature

  • The three had opened their eyes soon after daybreak and lay in their cots "chirruping," as their mother called it -- talking, planning out a campaign of adventures for the long two days before them.

    Major Vigoureux

  • A lamb is bleating out there on the dim moor; a bird somewhere, a little one, about three fields away, makes the sweetest kind of chirruping; some cows are still cropping.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • The audiobook begins and ends with the a chorus of chirruping birds, as the reader imagines the reddish brown thick trunks reaching from the fertile earth to the cloudy heavens.

    “Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring” by Richard Preston (Random House, 2007) « The BookBanter Blog

  • To the sound of waves lapping on the shore and the relentless chirruping of cicadas, the world-famous El Bulli restaurant of Spanish chef Ferran Adrià closed its doors.

    How a wartime romance gave birth to the best restaurant in the world

  • In fact, crickets and grasshoppers are so sensitive to temperature they can even be used as a thermometer, by counting their chirruping.

    Weatherwatch: how to use a cricket as a thermometer

  • "How d'ye like 'em?" he asked, changing the reins to both hands and chirruping the horses, which went out with a jerk in an immediacy of action that was new to her.


  • For a time they sat about, all pulling at clay pipes and chirruping and laughing in queer thin falsettos at the events of the night and the previous afternoon.


  • They are a teeny-tiny chorus chirruping High School Musical songs, and a gaggle who, avid for experience, heartlessly hoover up the lives around them.

    Spur of the Moment; Pygmalion; The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist; The Magical Menagerie

  • They head off over the sea in a loose group of chirruping individuals, their behaviour in sharp contrast to the more usual flocks of waders that act in unison, flying and wheeling like a well-drilled unit.

    Country diary: South Uist


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