bird

noun, often attributive
\ ˈbərd How to pronounce bird (audio) \

Definition of bird

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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
5a : fellow
b : a peculiar person
c chiefly British : girl
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

for the birds

bird

verb
birded; birding; birds

Definition of bird (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to observe or identify wild birds in their habitats

Bird

biographical name
\ ˈbərd How to pronounce Bird (audio) \

Definition of Bird (Entry 3 of 3)

Larry (Joe) 1956–     American basketball player

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Noun

bird 2 (kingfisher): 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

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from bird

Noun

birdlike \ ˈbərd-​ˌlīk How to pronounce Bird (audio) \ adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That reply may be as simple as a bird flying away from you, a dog reaching closer to sniff your hand, or an angry driver yelling back at you. Hod Fleishman, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 That’s important, because the book’s title refers to a bird that, according to myths of the Ghanaian Akan tribe, walks forward with its head turned backward, toward its origins. Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Customers will need to call or visit their local restaurants to reserve a bird, while supplies last. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2021 Oura is a smart ring that tracks your sleep and daily activity to give you a bird's eye view of your overall health, like the Fitbit above. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 7 Oct. 2021 These systems are seemingly disordered: a bird might take it into its head to fly differently, molecules bounce off each other in unpredictable ways, and dizzying numbers of factors influence the climate. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 5 Oct. 2021 On a morning in late September, Kestin Thomas stood next to the towering glass facade of the Time Warner building in Manhattan holding a dead bird. Sara Harrison, Wired, 30 Sep. 2021 While some dinosaurs did have reptilian scaly skin, many did not and were a lot more bird-like. Megan Marples, CNN, 24 Sep. 2021 The child, resurrected as a bird, vanquishes evil in the form of a black snake that is threatening the people and soars into the sky. Continue reading for just $1 an issue. Aminatta Forna, The New York Review of Books, 23 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Birders can bird all weekend or just a few hours, Andersen said. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 8 May 2021 On Monday, a white woman named Amy Cooper went viral for threatening the life of a Black man, Christian Cooper (no relation), who was just trying to bird watch in Central Park in peace. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, 1 June 2020 Outdoor activities like trail running, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, birding, fishing, kayaking, traditional golf and disc golf are perfect for social distancing. Josh Woods, The Conversation, 22 May 2020 For a taste of nature, Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, located on the north side of town, offers birding and wildlife viewing as well as miles of walking trails. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Sep. 2015 Outdoor activities are still permitted, including bicycling, birding, boating, fishing, geocaching, hiking and hunting. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 15 May 2020 With many birding hotspots closed and organized outings canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, birders have been forced to hang up their binoculars. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 24 Apr. 2020 The Piney Woods Wildlife Society coordinates birding field trips for its members, and meets the third Wednesday of most months at the Dennis Johnston Park Big Stone Lodge in Spring. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, 13 Mar. 2020 The basic tools for birding are not that expensive. Popular Science, 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bird

Noun

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

Verb

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bird

Noun

Middle English brid, bird, from Old English bridd

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

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“Bird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bird. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for bird

bird

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bird

: an animal that has wings and is covered with feathers
: person
: girl

bird

noun
\ ˈbərd How to pronounce bird (audio) \

Kids Definition of bird

: an animal that lays eggs and has wings and a body covered with feathers

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