chirp, verb

Origin:
EnglishShow more Transferred use of general English chirp ‘to talk in sprightly and lively tones’, or ‘to utter the short sharp thin sound proper to some small birds and certain insects’ (OED).
slang
a. transitive. To taunt (someone); to cheek (someone).
1991 T. Baron in Sunday Times 22 Sept. 34I chirped him that, maybe, I had more right to be tired after going for my first jog in three weeks when all he’d done was win the IBF junior lightweight title.
1994 J. Dewes in E. Prov. Herald 25 Mar.Law student B— W— ‘chirped’ (taunted) two policemen at the 1992 Woodridge Country Fair minutes before he was arrested for being drunk in public...‘I was arrested because I chirped them’.
b. intransitive. To complain.
1993 J. Small in Weekend Post 14 Aug. 1‘A penalty was given, somebody chirped and the referee advanced the penalty 10m towards our goalline,’ he said.
1994 TV1, 5 Mar.Batsmen don’t usually chirp about it.
To taunt (someone); to cheek (someone).
To complain.
Derivatives:
Hence chirp noun, a taunt, a complaint; chirping verbal noun, taunting, complaining.
1993 J. Small in Weekend Post 14 Aug. 1There was some more chirping, again he advanced and this time he walked inwards to the goalposts instead of straight forward to the tryline.
1994 TV1, 5 Mar.Another chirp going on there between the two of them.
1994 TV1, 8 Mar. (News)Some of the players were upset by the constant chirping of the crowd.
1994 J. Dewes in E. Prov. Herald 25 Mar.Student ‘was arrested for chirping’.
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