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From Middle English chirmen (“to chirp, twitter”), from Old English ?irman (“to make a noise, cry out, shout”), from Proto-Germanic *karmijan? (“to make a sound”).
The noun is from Middle English chirm (“the call of various birds; chirping”), from Old English ?irm, ?yrm, ?ierm (“noise, cry, alarm”), from Proto-Germanic *karmiz. Doublet of charm (“sound, voices; group, flock”).
chirm (plural chirms)