Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[buhs-terd] /ˈbʌs tərd/
any of several large, chiefly terrestrial and ground-running birds of the family Otididae, of the Old World and Australia, related to the cranes.
Origin of bustard
1425-75; late Middle English, apparently blend of Middle French bistarde (Old Italian bistarda) and Middle French oustarde, both < Latin avis tarda (Pliny) literally, slow bird, though tarda may be a non-L word, taken erroneously as feminine of tardus Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for bustard


any terrestrial bird of the family Otididae, inhabiting open regions of the Old World: order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc). They have long strong legs, a heavy body, a long neck, and speckled plumage
Word Origin
C15: from Old French bistarde, influenced by Old French oustarde, both from Latin avis tarda slow bird
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for bustard

large crane-like bird, mid-15c. (late 14c. as a surname), from Old French bistarde, said to be from Latin avis tarda, but the sense of this ("slow bird") is the opposite of the bird's behavior.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bustard

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bustard

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bustard