chirrup

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chirrup make high-pitched sounds "the birds were chirping in the bushes"
    • n chirrup a series of chirps
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chirrup The act of chirping; a chirp. "The sparrows' chirrup on the roof."
    • v. i Chirrup To chirp. "The criket chirrups on the hearth."
    • v. t Chirrup To quicken or animate by chirping; to cherup.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chirrup To chirp.
    • n chirrup A chirp.
    • chirrup To quicken, enliven, or animate, as by making a chirping sound; cherup: as, to chirrup one's horses.
    • chirrup To cheer or applaud (a public singer or the like, and for pay).
    • chirrup To produce or utter chirpingly.
    • chirrup To produce with compressed lips and suction a sharp explosive chirping sound by way of greeting or pleasing an infant or a cage-bird, or of coaxing and encouraging a dog or a horse, etc.
    • chirrup To converse or sing in a lively manner or in sprightly tones.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Chirrup chir′up to chirp: to make a sound with the mouth to urge on a horse: to cheer up.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Chirp
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Lengthened form of Chirp, and then brought into connection with cheer up.

Usage

In literature:

Many a little lad had we, chirruping in the chimney-tops, Twirling out a sooty broom, a blot against the blue.
"The New Morning" by Alfred Noyes
He chirruped and called them by name and they went plunging on through the mire.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
He climbed into the wagon-box and Sam chirruped to his horses.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
No expostulations nor chirrupings nor cluckings availed aught.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866" by Various
Ben gave a chirrup, the horses began to move, and that was the end of dear old Tunxet.
"Eyebright" by Susan Coolidge
The driver chirruped at his horses as he had done from the start.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
She struck her hands together and chirruped.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
So Jolly thought there must be a joke somewhere and he began to chirrup as loudly as he could.
"The Tale of Jolly Robin" by Arthur Scott Bailey
He chirrups to me so when mother brings me a pennyworth of wall-flowers to put round his cage.
"The Grey Woman and other Tales" by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
Then he grew very angry, and scolded and chirruped, as if he thought some one had made a fool of him.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
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In poetry:

Let us be humbly thankful, we are safe;
Rejoicing humbly, as the little bird
Flies low and coweringly, and with a half
Chirrup of gladness from the fowler's hand.
"The Churchyard: Night The Third" by Thomas Aird
Ay and, ever to the ending,
Cricket chirps at need, Executes the hand's intending,
Promptly, perfectly,--indeed
Saves the singer from defeat
With her chirrup low and sweet.
"A Tale" by Robert Browning
And let their voices be gladly blent
With a watery jingle of pans and spoons,
And a motherly chirrup of sweet content,
And neighborly gossip and merriment,
And old-time fiddle-tunes!
"John McKeen" by James Whitcomb Riley
But O for the old-home voices, blent
With the watery jingle of pans and spoons,
And the motherly chirrup of glad content,
And neighborly gossip and merriment,
And the old-time fiddle-tunes!
"John McKeen" by James Whitcomb Riley
' No matter. In the summertime the flowers bloom in the grass,
The startled insects flood the fields and chirrup as you pass,
The birds sing in the bushes; but before the wintry blast
The flowers and the insects and the little birds are past.
"The Seer" by Robert James Campbell Stead
'Yet once again the spring will come, the flowers will bloom again,
And insects chirrup blithely where the former ones are lain;
The white snows of the winter-time will vanish in the heat,
And outdoor life and colour will follow their defeat.
"The Seer" by Robert James Campbell Stead

In news:

Such is the nature of the game, barely have the tweets about the Derby vanished into the ether than there is chirruping about the 2013 Classics.
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