[ad_1] verb (used without object)
  1. to make a characteristic short, sharp sound, as small birds and certain insects.
  2. to make any similar sound: The children chirped with amusement.

verb (used with object)

  1. to sound or utter in a chirping manner: The little girl chirped her joy.


  1. a chirping sound.

verb (intr)

  1. (esp of some birds and insects) to make a short high-pitched sound
  2. to speak in a lively fashion


  1. a chirping sound, esp that made by a bird

n acronym for

  1. 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.

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