wild·​fowl | \ ˈwī(-ə)ld-ˌfau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce wildfowl (audio) \

Definition of wildfowl

: a game bird especially : a game waterfowl (such as a wild duck or goose)

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from wildfowl

wildfowler \ ˈwī(-​ə)ld-​ˌfau̇-​lər How to pronounce wildfowler (audio) \ noun
wildfowling \ ˈwī(-​ə)ld-​ˌfau̇-​liŋ How to pronounce wildfowling (audio) \ noun

Examples of wildfowl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Decoy-making and wildfowl hunting in the Susquehanna Flats of the Upper Chesapeake Bay is featured in the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. Algerina Perna, baltimoresun.com, "Exploring historical Havre de Grace," 22 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wildfowl.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of wildfowl

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about wildfowl

Time Traveler for wildfowl

Time Traveler

The first known use of wildfowl was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for wildfowl

Cite this Entry

“Wildfowl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wildfowl. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for wildfowl


How to pronounce wildfowl (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wildfowl

: birds (such as ducks and geese) that live in the wild especially near water and are often hunted

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on wildfowl

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with wildfowl

Spanish Central: Translation of wildfowl

Nglish: Translation of wildfowl for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about wildfowl

Comments on wildfowl

What made you want to look up wildfowl? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!