from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To chirp or to make a mournful cry, as a bird does.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Noise; din; esp.; confused noise, clamor, or hum of many voices, notes of birds, or the like.
  • intransitive v. To chirp or to make a mournful cry, as a bird.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To chirp as a bird.
  • To emit a mournful sound, as birds collected together before a storm.
  • To utter as with a chirp.
  • n. Clamor; confused noise.
  • n. Specifically, the mournful sound emitted before a storm by birds collected together.


Compare chirp and Anglo-Saxon cyrman, cirman, to cry out. (Wiktionary)



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  • See chavish. The collective noun "charm," referring to certain flocks of birds, apparently derives from this word.

    January 5, 2008