bird

1 of 2

noun

often attributive
1
archaic : the young of a feathered vertebrate
2
: any of a class (Aves) of warm-blooded vertebrates distinguished by having the body more or less completely covered with feathers and the forelimbs modified as wings
3
: a game bird
4
5
a
: fellow
b
: a peculiar person
c
chiefly British : girl
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7
chiefly British
a
: a hissing or jeering sound expressive of disapproval
b
: dismissal from employment
8
: a thin piece of meat rolled up with stuffing and cooked
9
: a man-made object (such as an aircraft, rocket, or satellite) that resembles a bird especially by flying or being aloft
10
: an obscene gesture of contempt made by pointing the middle finger upward while keeping the other fingers down
usually used with the

called also finger

11
birdlike adjective

Illustration of bird

Illustration of bird
  • 1 crest
  • 2 crown
  • 3 bill
  • 4 throat
  • 5 auricular region
  • 6 breast
  • 7 scapulars
  • 8 abdomen
  • 9 tarsus
  • 10 upper wing coverts
  • 11 primaries
  • 12 secondaries
  • 13 rectrix
  • 14 tail

bird

2 of 2

verb

birded; birding; birds

intransitive verb

: to observe or identify wild birds in their habitats
Phrases
for the birds

Examples of bird in a Sentence

Noun A large bird flew overhead. The birds were singing outside our window. He's a tough old bird. We met some smashing birds at the pub last night.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Everyone seemed concerned but there was nothing to be done because the bird was out of reach. New York Times, 12 Feb. 2023 While Flaco had been spotted in various parts of the city, police admitted the bird was difficult to capture and was certainly a flight risk. Tina Burnside, CNN, 9 Feb. 2023
Verb
Play games in the park and learn how to go birding in July Monday, July 1: Parkemon GO!, 10 a.m. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 27 June 2024 While Sanchez is not a birder himself, his photos of the apparent blue rock thrush shocked the birding world. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for bird 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English brid, bird, from Old English bridd

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bird was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bird. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

bird

1 of 2 noun
1
: any of a class of warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate animals with the body covered with feathers and the forelimbs modified as wings
2
: individual sense 2, fellow
especially : a peculiar person

bird

2 of 2 verb
: to observe or identify wild birds in their natural environment
birder noun

Biographical Definition

Bird

biographical name

Larry (Joe) 1956–     American basketball player

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