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bird

Syllabification: bird
Pronunciation: /bərd
 
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Definition of bird in English:

noun

1A warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak and (typically) by being able to fly.
Example sentences
  • I am currently using turkey feathers to fletch with, after spending half a day on a commercial turkey farm plucking wing feathers as the birds went into the slaughter house.
  • With a three-foot wingspan and two long, streaming tail feathers, these birds are easy to recognize.
  • Such cases of female competition and aggression have been noted in many birds and other vertebrates.
Synonyms
fowl;
chick, fledgling, nestling
budgie
(birds) technical avifauna
1.1 informal , chiefly North American An aircraft, spacecraft, satellite, or guided missile: the crews worked frantically to ready their birds for flight
More example sentences
  • After testing in 2004, the Air Force would like to buy six more ABLs and modify the test bird into an operational aircraft.
  • The insurance on the plane was almost prohibitive and finding an airport and hangar for the bird was even more so.
  • We need better human intelligence and not just to rely on satellites and birds in the sky.
2 [usually with adjective] informal A person of a specified kind or character: I’m a pretty tough old bird
More example sentences
  • To quote the old bird herself, we are not amused.
  • It seems there's still life left in the old bird after all.
  • If you flipped through the channels fast enough, it looked like the old bird had finally made up with Diana.
2.1British informal A young woman; a girlfriend.
Example sentences
  • The other point is that men want to feel that the women they go out with mirror them - and we all want to prove that we can pull a younger bird.
  • I had a friend who worked abroad minus his wife and ran off with a younger bird.
  • A fit bird means a girl who is pretty good looking or tasty!

Origin

Old English brid 'chick, fledgling', of unknown origin.

Phrases

a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

1
proverb It’s better to be content with what you have than to risk losing everything by seeking more.
Example sentences
  • In a possible offer situation for a troubled company, a bird in the hand is certainly worth more than two in the bush.
  • Sometimes a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush but occasionally, the bird in the hand is really only a reasonable facsimile of the other two.
  • The old adage that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush reflects the prudent strategy to go for the sure thing

the birds and the bees

2
Basic facts about sex and reproduction, as told to a child.
Example sentences
  • When it comes to facts and values, we both agree that ‘moral facts are in as good a shape as facts about the birds and the bees ', whatever that shape may be.
  • Probably the best scene in the play is where a Yorkshireman much older than me tries to sit me down and explain the birds and the bees.
  • As an example, Ciya told me that when she told her son and daughter about the birds and the bees, she told them all about contraceptives, and she offered to buy condoms for both kids if they felt embarrassed to purchase them for themselves!

birds of a feather flock together

3
proverb People of the same sort or with the same tastes and interests will be found together: these health professionals were birds of a feather
More example sentences
  • Remember how your mother used to say that birds of a feather flock together, and you thought it was just a cheap attempt to insult your boyfriend?
  • It's more of a case of birds of a feather flock together - people tend to gravitate to other people who are like themselves.
  • The bottom line is that birds of a feather flock together.

eat like a bird

4
see eat.

flip someone the bird

5
US informal Stick one’s middle finger up at someone as a sign of contempt or anger, meaning ‘fuck you’. Compare with give someone the finger in finger.
Example sentences
  • He sticks his hand out the window and flips me the bird.
  • She stuck her arm behind her back and flipped me the bird.
  • Without hesitation I started walking away, Billy started yelling for me, pleading for me to turn around, but I stuck my hand in the air and flipped him the bird.

(strictly) for the birds

6
informal Not worth consideration; unimportant: this piece of legislation is for the birds
More example sentences
  • I hadn't intended to run on at such length about the crow, which I was using simply as one example of a wider thesis: that nature remains strictly for the birds.
  • Leaving the telly on is strictly for the birds…
  • When I was 10, I told my father that this annual migration to the south was strictly for the birds.

give someone the bird

7
North American another way of saying flip someone the bird.
Example sentences
  • Ever since I graduated, in 1977, people have never tired of giving me the bird.
  • I smiled to myself as I watched her start spluttering and yelling after the car and giving him the bird.
  • Residents and shoppers in Rayleigh have been given the bird after council plans to try and deter pigeons from the town centre were abandoned.

have a bird

8
North American informal Be very shocked or agitated: the press corps would have a bird if the president-to-be appointed his wife to a real job
More example sentences
  • But the critic from The Province came with his wife and had a bird.
  • The public seemed to like it, but the critic from the Vancouver Province came with his wife, and he had a bird: ‘How could I invite him to see this movie?’
  • "Hi Mutt, hey I've got a great joke to play on Alice. Lets fill out the card and then you leave and come back about two minutes after the game starts. She will have a bird."

kill two birds with one stone

9
see kill1.

a little bird told me

10
humorous Used to say that the speaker knows something but prefers to keep the identity of the informant a secret: a little bird told me it was your birthday
More example sentences
  • He smiled, shrugging casually, ‘Oh… a little bird told me…‘
  • Well - a little bird told me that you might have an interest in ships nowadays.
  • ‘No, a little bird told me,’ Janelle said, anger and sarcasm dripping from her words.

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