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magpie

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noun mag·pie \ˈmag-ˌpī\

Definition of magpie

  1. 1 :  any of various birds (especially Pica pica) related to the jays but having a long graduated tail and black-and-white or brightly colored plumage

  2. 2 :  a person who chatters noisily

  3. 3 :  one who collects indiscriminately

Examples of magpie in a Sentence

  1. media magpies will no doubt seize upon the president's latest gaffe and blow it all out of proportion

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Origin and Etymology of magpie

Mag (nickname for Margaret) + 1pie


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magpie

adjective mag·pie

Definition of magpie

  1. 1 :  collected indiscriminately :  miscellaneous magpie compilations of unrelated tidbits — Helen R. Cross

  2. 2 :  given to indiscriminate collecting :  acquisitive what possible magpie instinct had impelled me to retain them — S. J. Perelman

Examples of magpie in a Sentence

  1. a pack rat whose cramped apartment is filled with a magpie collection of books, old newspapers, and tchotchkes

First Known Use of magpie

1796


MAGPIE Defined for English Language Learners

magpie

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Definition of magpie for English Language Learners

  • : a noisy black-and-white bird

  • : a person who collects and keeps different things


MAGPIE Defined for Kids

magpie

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noun mag·pie \ˈmag-ˌpī\

Definition of magpie for Students

  1. :  a noisy black-and-white bird related to the jays



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