Definition of chirr in English:


Syllabification: chirr
Pronunciation: /CHər
(also churr)


[no object]
  • (Especially of an insect) make a prolonged low trilling sound.
    More example sentences
    • Wood pigeons were churring, providing a steady contra-bass to a splendid dawn chorus, but no more cuckoo.
    • In the trees a pair of wood pigeons churred away happily.
    • ‘Calm, calm,’ she chirred softly, a finger touching my jaw and hushing my stumbling chatter.


Back to top  
  • A low trilling sound.
    More example sentences
    • One was short, downward inflected, and frequency modulated that we have termed a ‘churr’ (corresponding to the ‘chin’ of Willis 1985).


early 17th century: imitative.

More definitions of chirr

Definition of chirr in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day grotesquerie
Pronunciation: grəʊˈtɛskəri
grotesque quality or grotesque things collectively