Definition of lapwing
: a crested Old World plover (Vanellus vanellus) noted for its slow irregular flapping flight and shrill wailing cry; also : any of several related plovers
Origin and Etymology of lapwing
Middle English, by folk etymology from Old English hlēapewince; akin to Old English hlēapan to leap and to Old English wincian to wink
First Known Use: 14th century
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