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Meaning of bird by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: bû( r )d, IPA: /bɜː( r )d/, X-SAMPA: /b3:( r )d/
    • ( mid-20th-century New York City ) IPA: /bɜjd/
    • Rhymes: -ɜː( r )d

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English, from Old English bird, brid, bridd ( “young bird, chick” ), of uncertain origin and relation.


    bird ( plural: birds )

    1. A member of the class of animals Aves in the phylum Chordata, characterized by being warm-blooded, having feathers and wings usually capable of flight, and laying eggs .
      Ducks and sparrows are birds .
    2. ( UK, slang ) A man, fellow. [from the mid-19th c.]
    3. ( UK, US, slang ) A girl or woman considered sexually attractive, as used by a man .
      Who’s that bird?
    4. ( UK, Ireland, slang ) Girlfriend. [from the early 20th c.]
      Mike went out with his bird last night .
    5. ( slang ) An airplane .
    • ( man ): chap, bloke, guy
    • ( woman ): broad, chick, dame, girl, lass
    • See also Wikisaurus:woman
    • See also Wikisaurus:girl
    • See also Wikisaurus:bird
    Derived terms
    See also
    • burd
    • Appendix: Animals
    • Bird on Wikipedia .
    • Commons-logo.svg Bird on Wikimedia Commons.
    • Wikispecies-logo.svg Aves on Wikispecies.


    bird ( third-person singular simple present birds present participle birding, simple past and past participle birded )

    1. To observe or identify wild birds in their natural environment
    2. To catch or shoot birds .
    3. ( figuratively ) To seek for game or plunder; to thieve .
      ( Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry? )

    Etymology 2

    Originally Cockney rhyming slang, shortened from bird-lime for "time"


    bird ( uncountable )

    1. A prison sentence .
      He’s doing bird .

    Etymology 3

    Dated in the mid‐18th Century; derived from the expression “to give the big bird”, as in “to hiss someone like a goose” .


    the bird ( uncountable )

    1. The vulgar hand gesture in which the middle finger is extended.
    Derived terms

    Etymology 4

    From Malay burung ( “bird / penis” ) .


    bird ( plural: birds )

    1. ( Asian slang ) A penis .
      Don't Touch My Bird .

    See also

    • “bird” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary ( 2001 ) .


Explanation of bird by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. watch and study birds in their natural habitat

    1. warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings

    2. badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers

    3. a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt

    4. the flesh of a bird or fowl ( wild or domestic ) used as food

    5. informal terms for a ( young ) woman

    Definition of bird by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Bird ( bẽrd ), n. [OE. brid, bred, bird, young bird, bird, AS. bridd young bird. √92.]
      1. Orig., a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal ( see 2 ).

      That ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird. Shak.

      The brydds [birds] of the aier have nestes. Tyndale ( Matt. viii. 20 ).

      2. ( Zool. ) A warm-blooded, feathered vertebrate provided with wings. See Aves.

      3. Specifically, among sportsmen, a game bird.

      4. Fig.: A girl; a maiden.

      And by my word! the bonny bird

      In danger shall not tarry. Campbell.

      Arabian bird, the phenix. -- Bird of Jove, the eagle. -- Bird of Juno, the peacock. -- Bird louse ( Zool. ), a wingless insect of the group Mallophaga, of which the genera and species are very numerous and mostly parasitic upon birds. -- Bird mite ( Zool. ), a small mite ( genera Dermanyssus, Dermaleichus and allies ) parasitic upon birds. The species are numerous. -- Bird of passage, a migratory bird. -- Bird spider ( Zool. ), a very large South American spider ( Mygale avicularia ). It is said sometimes to capture and kill small birds. -- Bird tick ( Zool. ), a dipterous insect parasitic upon birds ( genus Ornithomyia, and allies ), usually winged.

    2. Bird ( bẽrd ), v. i.
      1. To catch or shoot birds.

      2. Hence: To seek for game or plunder; to thieve. [R.] B. Jonson.

      3. to watch birds, especially in their natural habitats, for enjoyment; to birdwatch.