finch

noun \ ˈfinch \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of finch

: any of numerous passerine songbirds (families Fringillidae, Estrildidae, Emberizidae, and Cardinalidae) having a short stout usually conical bill adapted for crushing seeds

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Origin and Etymology of finch

Middle English fynche, fynch, going back to Old English fink, going back to West Germanic *finki-, *finkja-, perhaps going back to an Indo-European echoic noun base *ping-, whence also Greek pínga "nestling," and, with mobile s, Greek spíngon "siskin," Old Norse spiki "tit," Swedish spink "finch" (in regional gulspink "yellowhammer" or "great tit"), dialectal English spink "finch" (perhaps borrowed from Scandinavian)


FINCH Defined for English Language Learners

finch

Definition of finch for English Language Learners

  • : a small bird with a short, thick beak


FINCH Defined for Kids

finch

noun \ ˈfinch \

Definition of finch for Students

: a songbird (as a sparrow, bunting, or canary) with a short bill used for eating seeds


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