Definition of chiffchaff in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHifˌCHaf/


A migratory Eurasian and North African leaf warbler with drab plumage.
  • Genus Phylloscopus, family Sylviidae: two species, in particular the common P. collybita.
Example sentences
  • Great-spotted woodpeckers drum while chiffchaffs, blackcaps, chaffinches and wrens sing their hearts out.
  • People on the one to two-hour guided walks may also hear warblers such as the blackcap, the garden warbler, the reed warbler, the sedge warbler and the chiffchaff.
  • Any other two species with DNA this close (willow warblers and chiffchaffs for instance) are invariably considered members of the same genus.


Late 18th century: imitative of its call.

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Syllabification: chiff·chaff

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