from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The sharp whirring or trilling sound made by some insects and birds, such as the grasshopper and partridge.
- intransitive verb To make a sharp whirring sound.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A name for the whitethroat, Sylvia cinerea. Macgillivray.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A vibrant or whirring noise such as that made by some insects, as the cockchafer, or by some birds, as the nightjar, the partridge, etc.
- intransitive verb To make a churr, as a cockchafer.
- transitive verb To utter by churring.
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- verb Alternative spelling of
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb make a vibrant sound, as of some birds
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
The bird lands on the roof and begins to churr, giving a “sensible vibration to the whole building.”
February 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm book cud be litter a churr
Only a cricket from time to time gave a cautious churr, and a mouse was scratching somewhere; he could hear his own breathing.
Even the grasshoppers ceased their churr in the trees — only a window rattled somewhere.
Here and there, both on the river and in the fields, other lights were glimmering, whether close at hand or far away, the eye could not distinguish; they shrank together, then suddenly lengthened out into great blurs of light; grasshoppers innumerable kept up an unceasing churr, persistent as the frogs of the Pontine marshes; and across the cloudless, but dark lowering sky floated from time to time the cries of unseen birds.
Then we have the loud cry of francolins, the “pumpuru, pumpuru” of turtle-doves, and the “chiken, chiken, chik, churr, churr” of the honey-guide.
With a satisfied little churr, the baby collapsed on Leryn's feet, staring adoringly up at him.
They were cutting the grass on the tennis court below; he heard the soft churr of the mower.
Some know her as the night-jar, others as the fern-owl, and still others designate her as the eve-churr.
Dragon was yet a long way off; though indeed it must be allowed that flight, when Chwangtse wrote and Ch'u Yuan sung, was surprised with the far churr of startling wings under the stars.