Definition of chirr in English:

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chirr

Pronunciation: /CHər/
(also churr)

verb

[no object]
(Especially of an insect) make a prolonged low trilling sound.
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.

noun

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

Origin

Early 17th century: imitative.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: chirr

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