Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[king-fish-er] /ˈkɪŋˌfɪʃ ər/
any of numerous fish- or insect-eating birds of the family Alcedinidae that have a large head and a long, stout bill and are usually crested and brilliantly colored.
Origin of kingfisher
late Middle English
1400-50; king + fisher; replacing king's fisher, late Middle English kinges fisher Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for kingfisher
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for kingfisher


any coraciiform bird of the family Alcedinidae, esp the Eurasian Alcedo atthis, which has a greenish-blue and orange plumage. Kingfishers have a large head, short tail, and long sharp bill and tend to live near open water and feed on fish
Word Origin
C15: originally king's fisher
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 kingfisher

mid-15c., originally king's fisher, for obscure reasons; see king + fisher.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for kingfisher

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for kingfisher

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for kingfisher