Origin of chiffchaffechoic of its cry
a small, olive-green and brown European warbler (Phylloscopus collybita), feeding mainly on insects and spiders
A small warbler (Phylloscopus collybita) of Eurasia and Africa, having yellowish-green plumage.
Origin of chiffchaffImitative of its song
- A small, common warbler, Phylloscopus collybita, with yellowish-green plumage that breeds throughout northern and temperate Europe and Asia.
- Any of several other species of the same genus.
- (UK, onomatopoeic, uncountable) the song of the chiffchaff.
- I thought I heard something singing chiffchaff, chiffchaff. So I had a look and there was a chiffchaff.
Echoic of its repetitive "chiff-chaff" song of the European species Phylloscopus collybita.