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bird Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
  2. noun the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
  3. noun informal terms for a (young) woman
    doll; wench; chick; skirt; dame.
  4. noun a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
    razz; boo; razzing; Bronx cheer; hoot; hiss; raspberry; snort.
  5. noun badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
    shuttle; shuttlecock; birdie.
  6. verb watch and study birds in their natural habitat

Bird noun
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. (Zoöl.) 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.
Bird intransitive verb
  1. To catch or shoot birds.
  2. Hence: To seek for game or plunder; to thieve. R. B. Jonson.

Webster 1913