Definition of chirr in English:


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Pronunciation: /tʃəː
(also churr)


[no object]
  • (Of an insect) make a prolonged low trilling sound: grasshoppers were chirring
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    • 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.


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  • A low trilling sound: the chirr of summer crickets
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    • 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.

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