from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The sharp whirring or trilling sound made by some insects and birds, such as the grasshopper and partridge.
  • intransitive verb To make a sharp whirring sound.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name for the whitethroat, Sylvia cinerea. Macgillivray.
  • See chirr.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A vibrant or whirring noise such as that made by some insects, as the cockchafer, or by some birds, as the nightjar, the partridge, etc.
  • intransitive verb To make a churr, as a cockchafer.
  • transitive verb To utter by churring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Alternative spelling of chirr.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make a vibrant sound, as of some birds


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition



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  • "...nightjars churred in the orchard..."

    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 72

    See also churring.

    March 16, 2008