- any of numerous, widely distributed, small songbirds of the family Paridae, especially of the genus Parus, having soft, thick plumage and a short, stout, conical bill.
Origin of titmouse
Examples from the Web for titmouse
Emerson talks of his titmouse as Raphael talks of his emmet.
Because you are a Hercules, and I a titmouse, don't think I am overawed by your knitted eyebrows.Debts of Honor
So Wainamoinen cut down the trees as the titmouse had said, only he leftp.Finnish Legends for English Children
The titmouse got into it, and did not leave the pumpkin until she had picked all the seeds.Rumanian Bird and Beast Stories
Who do you think, reader, walked on Mr. Titmouse's right-hand side?Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 3.
- (usually plural) any small active songbird of the family Paridae, esp those of the genus ParusSee tit 1
Word Origin and History for titmouse
"small, active bird," early 14c., titmose, from tit (n.2), expressing something small, + Old English mase "titmouse," from Proto-Germanic *maison (cf. Dutch mees, German meise), from adj. *maisa- "little, tiny." Spelling influenced 16c. by unrelated mouse.