chirpy


merry

TRANSLATION

chirpy = quietschvergnügt, munter, lebhaft

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“Feeling CHIRPY: Being around birds is linked to lasting mental health benefits … New research from King’s College London has found that seeing or hearing birds is associated with an improvement in mental wellbeing.”

Ryan Hammoud - Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London (2nd Nov 2022)

Did you
know?

chirpy
adjective

- cheerfully lively

- happy and active

- in a good mood; happy and energetic

Merriam-Webster / Cambridge Dictionary / Wiktionary


WORD ORIGIN

The verb “chirp” meaning “to make a short, sharp, happy sound like a bird”, and its associated adjective “chirpy”, is from the mid-15th century.

A variant of Middle English (late 14th century) chirken “to twitter”, from Old English cearcian “to creak”.


COMMON BIRDSOUNDS QUIZ

Try to match the following sounds to their respective birds:

sparrow (Sperling), dove (Taube), crow (Krähe), duck (Ente), grouse (Moorhuhn), owl (Eule), red-tailed hawk (Rotschwanzbussard), parrot (Papagei), peacock (Pfau), thrush (Drossel)

- caw

- chirp

- drum

- hoot

- quack

- screech

- squawk

- scream

- trill

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- caw = crow

- chirp = sparrow

- drum = grouse

- hoot = owl

- quack = duck

- screech = red-tailed hawk

- squawk = parrot

- scream = peacock

- trill = thrush


SYNONYMS

- happy and energetic

abubble, abuzz, aglow, alive and kicking, all ears, all there, ardent, as happy as a clam (a sandboy, as Larry), as pleased as Punch, blithe, bonny, bouncy, bright-eyed (and bushy-tailed), bright and breezy, bubbly, busy as a bee, can’t complain, cheerful, cheery, chipper, chippy, CHIRPY, chucklesome, disposed to look on the bright side, doing handsprings, ebullient, ecstatic, effervescent, elated, elfish, elvish, enthusiastic, exuberant, exultant, feisty, floating on air, flying high, fresh as a daisy, frolicking, frolicky, frolicsome, full of beans (energy, fun, get-up-and-go, joie de vivre, life, pep, spirit, the joy of living, the joys of spring, vim and vigour, zip), fun-filled (-loving), gleeful, go-getter, good natured, hail-fellow-well-met, hale and hearty, in fine fettle, in good spirits, inspiriting, invigorated, jolly, jovial, jumping for joy, leprechaunish, like a dog with two tails (an explosion in a paint factory), of good cheer, on top of, on top of the world, over the moon, peaches-and-cream, peppy, pizazzy, spanking, sparkling, sparkly, sparky, sprightly, springing, spruce, spry, vibrant, walking on air, zappy, zestful, zesty, zingy, zippy


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