- 1A short, high squeaky cry made by a young bird.More example sentences
- As you follow it along the street you begin to hear the cheeps and trills of other birds launching into a discordant chorus.
- House sparrows sing by stringing together a variety of cheeps, chirps and ‘chissiks’, and flocks can make a loud noise during courtship rituals.
- The little birds in the tree kept up a constant cheep of complaint, but it didn't break cover.
- 1.1A short, high sound resembling the cry of a young bird: an electronic cheep from the alarmMore example sentences
- A young woman with bright red lips and a high-pitched cheep of a voice flew at me.
- As the mechanical creatures quietened, a faint cheep could be heard, then a sort of indignant squawk.
- She made about five and was on the sixth when she heard something fall on the floor and a frightened cheep from the other room.
- 1.2 [in singular, with negative, often as modifier] • informal The slightest sound: there has not been a cheep from anybodyMore example sentences
- And then he gets home from work and parks his backside in front of the telly and I don't get a cheep out of him all night.
- There was not a cheep out of her, not a sulk or a pout until the euphoria began to wane.
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- Make a short, high squeaky sound: sparrows are cheeping all aroundMore example sentences
- I let out a few screams when one flapped their wings and chittered and cheeped at me.
- The mother bird and a few others were on the roof of the house next door, cheeping with distress.
- The chicks had been downy and charming, and cheeped sweetly with their permanently open mouths.
early 16th century (originally Scots): imitative (compare with peep2).