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 (chûr′əp, chĭr′-)
v. chir·ruped, chir·rup·ing, chir·rups
1. To utter a series of chirps.
2. To make clucking or clicking sounds with the lips, as in urging on a horse.
1. To sound with chirps.
2. To make clucking sounds to.
1. A series of chirps.
2. A series of clucks or clicking sounds, such as those made to urge on a horse.

[Variant of chirp.]


vb (intr)
1. (Zoology) (esp of some birds) to chirp repeatedly
2. to make clucking sounds with the lips
such a sound
[C16: variant of chirp]
ˈchirruper n
ˈchirrupy adj


(ˈtʃɪər əp, ˈtʃɜr-)

1. to chirp.
2. the sound of chirruping.
[1570–80; variant of chirp]


Past participle: chirrupped
Gerund: chirrupping

I chirrup
you chirrup
he/she/it chirrups
we chirrup
you chirrup
they chirrup
I chirrupped
you chirrupped
he/she/it chirrupped
we chirrupped
you chirrupped
they chirrupped
Present Continuous
I am chirrupping
you are chirrupping
he/she/it is chirrupping
we are chirrupping
you are chirrupping
they are chirrupping
Present Perfect
I have chirrupped
you have chirrupped
he/she/it has chirrupped
we have chirrupped
you have chirrupped
they have chirrupped
Past Continuous
I was chirrupping
you were chirrupping
he/she/it was chirrupping
we were chirrupping
you were chirrupping
they were chirrupping
Past Perfect
I had chirrupped
you had chirrupped
he/she/it had chirrupped
we had chirrupped
you had chirrupped
they had chirrupped
I will chirrup
you will chirrup
he/she/it will chirrup
we will chirrup
you will chirrup
they will chirrup
Future Perfect
I will have chirrupped
you will have chirrupped
he/she/it will have chirrupped
we will have chirrupped
you will have chirrupped
they will have chirrupped
Future Continuous
I will be chirrupping
you will be chirrupping
he/she/it will be chirrupping
we will be chirrupping
you will be chirrupping
they will be chirrupping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been chirrupping
you have been chirrupping
he/she/it has been chirrupping
we have been chirrupping
you have been chirrupping
they have been chirrupping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been chirrupping
you will have been chirrupping
he/she/it will have been chirrupping
we will have been chirrupping
you will have been chirrupping
they will have been chirrupping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been chirrupping
you had been chirrupping
he/she/it had been chirrupping
we had been chirrupping
you had been chirrupping
they had been chirrupping
I would chirrup
you would chirrup
he/she/it would chirrup
we would chirrup
you would chirrup
they would chirrup
Past Conditional
I would have chirrupped
you would have chirrupped
he/she/it would have chirrupped
we would have chirrupped
you would have chirrupped
they would have chirrupped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chirrup - a series of chirpschirrup - a series of chirps      
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
Verb1.chirrup - make high-pitched soundschirrup - make high-pitched sounds; "the birds were chirping in the bushes"
let loose, let out, utter, emit - express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"
chitter, twitter - make high-pitched sounds, as of birds


vi (= chirp) [person, bird] → pépier
References in classic literature ?
The next minute Jerry was on the box; with a cheery chirrup to me, and a twitch of the rein that I well understood.
with a Chirrup, Chirrup, Chirrup of such magnitude, by way of chorus; with a voice so astoundingly disproportionate to its size, as compared with the kettle; (size
A grasshopper began to chirrup by the wall, and like a blue thread a long thin dragon-fly floated past on its brown gauze wings.
For an hour or more that evening I listened to his monotonous chirrup about bad money driving out good, the token value of silver, the depreciation of the rupee, and the true standards of exchange.
Such were still his thoughts more than a full hour afterwards, when, supper over, he still sat with shining jovial face in the same warm nook, listening to the cricket-like chirrup of little Solomon Daisy, and bearing no unimportant or slightly respected part in the social gossip round the Maypole fire.
Another one was a young lady with her hair all combed up straight to the top of her head, and knotted there in front of a comb like a chair-back, and she was crying into a handkerchief and had a dead bird laying on its back in her other hand with its heels up, and underneath the picture it said "I Shall Never Hear Thy Sweet Chirrup More Alas.
These were too old to fight, but they were fluent orators, and sat on the tower like cicales that chirrup delicately from the boughs of some high tree in a wood.
Some London houses have a melancholy little plot of ground behind them, usually fenced in by four high whitewashed walls, and frowned upon by stacks of chimneys: in which there withers on, from year to year, a crippled tree, that makes a show of putting forth a few leaves late in autumn when other trees shed theirs, and, drooping in the effort, lingers on, all crackled and smoke-dried, till the following season, when it repeats the same process, and perhaps, if the weather be particularly genial, even tempts some rheumatic sparrow to chirrup in its branches.
It turned out to be a poem of the same name, by George Meredith (1828-1909), an extract of which is here: The Lark Ascending He rises and begins to round, He drops the silver chain of sound Of many links without a break, In chirrup, whistle, slur and shake All intervolved and spreading wide, Like water dimples down a tide Where ripple ripple overcurls And eddy into eddy whirls; A press of hurried notes that run So fleet they scarce are more than one And you shall hear the herb and tree, the better heart of men shall see, shall feel celestially, as long As you crave nothing save the song.
It has blackberry and plum notes, a flash of spice, a chirrup of cherry, and an edge of savoury.
Yes, yes, yes, chirrup the underlings, what a great idea, it's so much more adult and sophisticated than all this downmarket, amateur user friendly stuff, who needs it.