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[burd-lahyk] /ˈbɜrdˌlaɪk/
having the appearance or characteristics of a bird, as quickness, lightness, fragility, etc.:
birdlike gestures.
Origin of birdlike
First recorded in 1580-90; bird + -like
Related forms
unbirdlike, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This resemblance was furthered by the fact that the man's profile was birdlike.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • She was still scrutinizing him, her head, birdlike, upon one side.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • The birdlike features which had begun to relax hardened once more.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • Little jets of laughter bubbled from her round, birdlike throat.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • Next, bright, shining, birdlike eyes were smiling at him—Mrs. Kukor!

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • She hovered round him, birdlike, intent on his every movement.

  • His head was drawn into his shoulders, which were crumpled things of birdlike bones.

    In the Control Tower Will Mohler
  • But the clear, birdlike tones were comfort to one harassed wanderer.

    The Brass Bound Box Evelyn Raymond
  • A little laugh, birdlike in its happiness, rippled from her.

    Rich Man, Poor Man

    Maximilian Foster

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