Definition of bird
- clay pigeon.
- a shuttlecock.
- disapproval, as of a performance, by hissing, booing, etc.: He got the bird when he came out on stage.
- scoffing or ridicule: He was trying to be serious, but we all gave him the bird.
- an obscene gesture of contempt made by raising the middle finger.
Idioms about bird
Origin of bird
OTHER WORDS FROM birdbirdless, adjective
Words nearby bird
Other definitions for bird (2 of 2)
How to use bird in a sentence
During courtship and even while mating, the birds pull off a similar feat, mimicking the calls and wingbeat noises of many bird species at once, a new study shows.A single male lyrebird can mimic the sound of an entire flock|Jake Buehler|February 25, 2021|Science News
The results strongly suggest that naked mole-rats learn their chirp dialects, he says — much as do people, dolphins and some birds.Unique dialects help naked mole-rats tell friends from foes|Jonathan Lambert|February 24, 2021|Science News For Students
Descended from birds, the three-eyed, feather-covered creatures lived on a frigid planet with a methane-based atmosphere and gravity 11 times stronger than that on Earth, which, according to 2951 documentation, was now a planet called “Terra.”
Both farms were put in isolation amid fears of the virus spreading to dogs, cats, cattle and even birds.Mink farmers are skipping to the front of the vaccine line — for an important reason|Dan Simmons|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
Members, who are grouped by their immediate neighborhoods, use the app to report bird sightings and alert others about missing pets.D.C.’s 911 center saw a spike in suspicious-activity calls after Capitol riot|Fredrick Kunkle|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
It would be like if after the 40th pipe in Flappy Bird was a scarecrow.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
While the chicken today might be the least exotic bird one can think of, it was once a gift that wowed kings.
Exactly when the transition to modern domestic creature took place, for a bird that is wild to this day, is controversial.
Mistletoes on mesquite trees in central Mexico have been linked to a greater abundance of tropical bird species.
He really believed that enumerating the bird population gave understanding.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fourteen genera, representing about 19 species, of Mallophaga are reported for 20 different species of bird hosts.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula|Erwin E. Klaas
The grass had a delightful fragrance, like new-mown hay, and was neatly wound around the tunnel, like the inside of a bird's-nest.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Many of his bird neighbors,p. 31 for instance, liked the same things to eat that he did.
Although the bird people didn't know it, he was anxious to reach his grandchildren.
And then Jolly Robin would feel ashamed that he had even thought of being so cruel to an infant bird, even if he was a Cowbird.
British Dictionary definitions for bird (1 of 2)
- to be fired or dismissed
- (esp of a public performer) to be hissed at, booed, or derided
Derived forms of birdbirdlike, adjective
Word Origin for bird
British Dictionary definitions for bird (2 of 2)
Scientific definitions for bird
A Closer Look
It is generally believed that birds are descended from dinosaurs and probably evolved from them during the Jurassic Period. While most paleontologists believe that birds evolved from a small dinosaur called the theropod, which in turn evolved from the thecodont, a reptile from the Triassic Period, other paleontologists believe that birds and dinosaurs both evolved from the thecodont. There are some who even consider the bird to be an actual dinosaur. According to this view, the bird is an avian dinosaur, and the older dinosaur a nonavian dinosaur. Although there are variations of thought on the exact evolution of birds, the similarities between birds and dinosaurs are striking and undeniable. Small meat-eating dinosaurs and primitive birds share about twenty characteristics that neither group shares with any other kind of animal; these include tubular bones, the position of the pelvis, the shape of the shoulder blades, a wishbone-shaped collarbone, and the structure of the eggs. Dinosaurs had scales, and birds have modified scales-their feathers-and scaly feet. Some dinosaurs also may have had feathers; a recently discovered fossil of a small dinosaur indicates that it had a featherlike covering. In fact, some primitive fossil birds and small meat-eating dinosaurs are so similar that it is difficult to tell them apart based on their skeletons alone.
Other Idioms and Phrases with bird
In addition to the idioms beginning with bird
- bird has flown, the
- bird in the hand
- bird of passage
- birds and the bees, the
- birds of a feather (flock together)
- catbird seat
- early bird catches the worm
- eat like a bird
- for the birds
- free as a bird
- kill two birds with one stone
- little bird told me
- naked as a jaybird
- rare bird