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bird

noun, often attributive \ ˈbərd \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of bird

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
5 a :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
11 :birdie 2

birdlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
for the birds

Examples of bird in a Sentence

  1. A large bird flew overhead.

  2. The birds were singing outside our window.

  3. He's a tough old bird.

  4. We met some smashing birds at the pub last night.

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Origin and Etymology of bird

Middle English brid, bird, from Old English bridd


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bird

verb

Definition of bird

intransitive verb
:to observe or identify wild birds in their habitats

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First Known Use of bird

1893


Bird

biographical name \ ˈbərd \

Definition of Bird

Larry 1956–     Lawrence Joseph Bird American basketball player

BIRD Defined for Kids

bird

noun \ ˈbərd \

Definition of bird for Students

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


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