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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chirk make a shrill creaking, squeaking, or noise, as of a door, mouse, or bird
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Chirk Lively; cheerful; in good spirits.
    • v. t Chirk To cheer; to enliven; as, to chirk one up.
    • Chirk To chirp like a bird.
    • Chirk To shriek; to gnash; to utter harsh or shrill cries. "All full of chirkyng was that sorry place."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chirk To creak; shriek; groan.
    • chirk To make a noise, as a bird; chirp.
    • chirk Also spelled cherk.
    • chirk To be or become cheerful.
    • chirk Lively; cheerful; pert; in good spirits.
    • n chirk A perverted form of chert.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Chirk ch─Śrk (Scot.) to grate: to chirp or squeak.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Chirp, also Creak
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cearcian, to creak.


In literature:

Bonnie Bell chirked up quite a bit.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
Do go, Mr. Crane: it'll chirk you up and dew you good to go out into society ag'in.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume IX (of X)" by Various
Wisht I hed some a-runnin' in an' out to kinder chirk me up a bit when Cindy's away.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
At any rate, I'm glad to see you have chirked up.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
There is a patient of mine staying at this place, Miss Chirk by name.
"Hildegarde's Holiday" by Laura E. Richards
You chirk her up, Patty, and tell her there's no harm done, and that all her friends love her just the same.
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
Chirk up, it's quite some distance yet, but we'll keep going till we get there.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
He said it did him good, and somehow or other it always chirked me up too.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
Ef we've been heavy-hearted or sorrowful we will chirk up.
"Holiday Tales" by W. H. H. Murray
Mr. Haynes told me that if I would "chirk up" he would give me his elk teeth.
"Letters on an Elk Hunt" by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
Faithful declared, quite chirked up by the bridal atmosphere.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
She's a regular little witch, Sally is, but she'll chirk her up.
"The Pearl of Orr's Island" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
When he'd give off a few brisk orders they chirked up amazin'.
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
Not that anyone in particular expected "them poor Hayneses" to keep bright or "chirk up.
"Short Stories of the New America" by Various
Miss Begg remembered her as a "chirk" old lady with snapping black eyes and an abundant stock of legends and ballads.
"A Literary Pilgrimage Among the Haunts of Famous British Authors" by Theodore F. (Theodore Frelinghuysen) Wolfe
I'll never forget it; she knew she hadn't long to stay, for as brisk and chirk as she was; she knew it right enough.
"Mrs. Tree's Will" by Laura E. Richards
Chirk Castle is so close upon the boundaries of Salop that we may include this corner of Denbighshire.
"Nooks and Corners of Old England" by Allan Fea
Margaret was very happy during her stay at Chirke Weston.
"Margaret Capel, v. 1 of 3" by Ellen Wallace
Elizabeth desired that Margaret should be married from Chirke Weston.
"Margaret Capel, v. 3 of 3" by Ellen Wallace
"The Great Civil War in Lancashire (1642-1651)" by Ernest Broxap