- the practice or sport of shooting or snaring birds.
Origin of fowling
- the domestic or barnyard hen or rooster; chicken.Compare domestic fowl.
- any of several other, usually gallinaceous, birds that are barnyard, domesticated, or wild, as the duck, turkey, or pheasant.
- (in market and household use) a full-grown domestic fowl for food purposes, as distinguished from a chicken or young fowl.
- the flesh or meat of a domestic fowl.
- any bird (used chiefly in combination): waterfowl; wildfowl.
- to hunt or take wildfowl.
Origin of fowl
Examples from the Web for fowling
But still more interesting was the fowling among the marshes.Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt
What a splendid chance for a shot, if I only had my fowling piece.Her Mother's Secret
Emma D. E. N. Southworth
He did it every day of his life, when fishing and fowling, with his uncle, in the carr.The Settlers at Home
And here I must make an end of the most material part of Fowling.The School of Recreation (1684 edition)
A zest and flavour is added to all these by hunting and fowling in spare hours.Treatises on Friendship and Old Age
Marcus Tullius Cicero
- the shooting or trapping of birds for sport or as a livelihood
- (intr) to hunt or snare wildfowl
Word Origin and History for fowling
Old English fugel "bird," representing the general Germanic word for them, from Proto-Germanic *foglaz (cf. Old Frisian fugel, Old Norse fugl, Middle Dutch voghel, Dutch vogel, German vogel, Gothic fugls), probably by dissimilation from *flug-la-, literally "flyer," from the same root as Old English fleogan, modern fly (v.1).
Originally "bird;" narrower sense of "domestic hen or rooster" (the main modern meaning) is first recorded 1570s; in U.S. also extended to ducks and geese. As a verb, Old English fuglian "to catch birds." Related: Fowled; fowling.