tit·​mouse | \ ˈtit-ˌmau̇s How to pronounce titmouse (audio) \
plural titmice\ ˈtit-​ˌmīs How to pronounce titmouse (audio) \

Definition of titmouse

: any of several small North American oscine birds (genus Baeolophus of the family Paridae) that are related to the chickadees, have small bills and usually long tails, and have been sometimes placed especially formerly in a related genus (Parus)

Examples of titmouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While these creatures need water for drinking and bathing, landing on a basin on the ground could attract the unwanted company of natural predators, so give a tufted titmouse a break. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 17 Mar. 2021 Once breeding season is over, however, the titmouse will venture out for short vacations. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Oct. 2020 Scotch Blue,’’ for example, suggests both the throat of a blue titmouse and copper ore. Boston.com Real Estate, 24 Jan. 2020 These include such familiar birds as red-bellied woodpecker, Carolina wren, Northern mockingbird, tufted titmouse and Northern cardinal. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, 8 Dec. 2017 His voice is recognizably Hanks, with lots of Norman Rockwell phrasing: lollygagging, yowza, thanked his lucky stars, titmouse, knothead, atta baby. Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2017 There was a titmouse in an oak tree and a chickadee on a fence post. John Kelly, Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of titmouse

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for titmouse

by folk etymology from Middle English titmose, from *tit any small object or creature + mose titmouse, from Old English māse; akin to Old High German meisa titmouse

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“Titmouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titmouse. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of titmouse

: a small American bird


tit·​mouse | \ ˈtit-ˌmau̇s How to pronounce titmouse (audio) \
plural titmice\ -​ˌmīs \

Kids Definition of titmouse

: a small active usually gray bird that feeds mostly on seeds and insects

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