Definition of poor-will in English:

poor-will

Syllabification: poor-will
Pronunciation: /po͝orˈwil
 
/
(also poorwill)

noun

A small nightjar found mainly in central and western North America.
  • Three genera in the family Caprimulgidae: four species, in particular the common poor-will (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii), which hibernates in cold weather

Origin

late 19th century: imitative of its call.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day flippant
Pronunciation: ˈflɪp(ə)nt
adjective
not showing a serious or respectful attitude