chick·​a·​dee | \ ˈchi-kə-(ˌ)dē How to pronounce chickadee (audio) \

Definition of chickadee

: any of several small North American oscine birds (genus Poecile of the family Paridae) that are related to the titmice, usually have the crown of the head distinctly darker than the body, and have sometimes been placed especially formerly in a related genus (Parus)

Examples of chickadee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Happy Easter to a very lovable and special little chickadee. Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, "30 Best Easter Messages and Wishes to Share with Your Loved Ones," 22 Feb. 2021 The chipmunk is already a hit with the public, according to the release, and will be joined by an oversized bronze chickadee sitting on a birdhouse made of Alaskan yellow cedar in 2021. Star Tribune, "Suburban briefs: UCare donates $100,000 for Anoka County housing assistance," 19 Dec. 2020 The chickadee perched on the slippery edge and slid in. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "Is your birdbath too deep?," 14 Aug. 2020 Enjoy crunching your breakfast cereal while a chickadee is pecking at seeds inches away from your face. Popular Science, "The best bird feeders for breaking bread with your feathered friends," 24 Dec. 2019 But no bluebird cares if a chickadee is nesting next door — and vice-versa. Sharon Sorenson, Indianapolis Star, "For the Birds: Leaving Chickadee snag alone can help bird populations," 11 Apr. 2020 Birdsong filled the air Wednesday morning in a North Side backyard where Amanda Lamberson peered through binoculars at cardinals and chickadees flitting around a feeder. Alia Malik,, "UT San Antonio grad student researching how backyard bird feeding affects winged population," 5 Mar. 2020 Most days, a family of cardinals shows up, then the chickadees and finches and a large, loud blue jay. Beth Thames |, al, "Lockdown is no fun, but consider yourself lucky if you’re well," 21 Apr. 2020 So the birds sort out their distances and differences and the boxes house titmice, tree swallows, and, yes, chickadees. Sharon Sorenson, Indianapolis Star, "For the Birds: Leaving Chickadee snag alone can help bird populations," 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of chickadee

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Chickadee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chickadee

: a common, small American bird


chick·​a·​dee | \ ˈchi-kə-dē How to pronounce chickadee (audio) \

Kids Definition of chickadee

: a small mostly grayish bird with the top of the head black

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