[ad_1] verb (used without object)
- to make a characteristic short, sharp sound, as small birds and certain insects.
- to make any similar sound: The children chirped with amusement.
verb (used with object)
- to sound or utter in a chirping manner: The little girl chirped her joy.
- a chirping sound.
- (esp of some birds and insects) to make a short high-pitched sound
- to speak in a lively fashion
- a chirping sound, esp that made by a bird
n acronym for
- Confidential Human Incidents Reporting Programme: a system, run by the RAF Institute of Medicine, by which commercial pilots can comment on safety trends without the knowledge of their employers
mid-15c. (implied in chirping), echoic, or else a variant of Middle English chirken “to twitter” (late 14c.), from Old English cearcian “to creak, gnash.” Related: Chirped. As a noun, attested from 1802.