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verb     chirp pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlechirping
past tensechirped
past participlechirped
  1. 1
    [intransitive]Sound effect when a bird or an insect chirps, it makes a short high sound
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to say something in a lively happy way
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] South African informal to speak to someone rudely or in a mocking way
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