Definition of sparrow in English:


Line breaks: spar|row
Pronunciation: /ˈsparəʊ


  • 1A small finch-like Old World bird related to the weaver birds, typically with brown and grey plumage.
    • Family Passeridae (or Ploceidae): four genera, in particular Passer, and many species, e.g. the cosmopolitan house sparrow (P. domesticus)
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    • 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.
  • 2 [usually with modifier] Any of a number of birds that resemble true sparrows in size or colour:
    • an American bunting (many genera in the subfamily Emberizinae, family Emberizidae).a waxbill, in particular the Java sparrow. see hedge sparrow


Old English spearwa, of Germanic origin.

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