Definition of sparrow in English:


Syllabification: spar·row
Pronunciation: /ˈsperō


1A small finchlike Old World bird related to the weaverbirds, typically with brown and gray plumage.
  • Family Passeridae (or Ploceidae): four genera, in particular Passer, and many species, e.g., the cosmopolitan house sparrow (P. domesticus)
More example sentences
  • With a beat of her tiny brown wings, the sparrow was on her way.
  • Smaller birds such as pigeons, thrushes, jackdaws, robins and sparrows would also have been seen on a regular basis.
  • While we don't have tall trees, our neighbors do, and the firs and oaks that surround our property drop acorns and provide homes for jays, woodpeckers, robins and sparrows.
2Any of a number of birds that resemble true sparrows in size or color.
  • An American bunting (many genera in the subfamily Emberizinae, family Emberizidae).A waxbill, in particular the Java sparrow.


Old English spearwa, of Germanic origin.

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