- 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.
verb (used without object)
Origin of bird
Related formsbird·less, adjective
Definition for bird (2 of 3)
Definition for bird (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for bird
Exactly when the transition to modern domestic creature took place, for a bird that is wild to this day, is controversial.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity|William O’Connor|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
Portlandia marathon—9 am-2:30 pm, IFCBecause what better time than Turkey Day to put on a bird on it?The Ultimate Thanksgiving Weekend TV Guide: Must-See Marathons, Specials, and Parades|Kevin Fallon|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And if the bird is smaller than we are accustomed to, so what?
Once the bird was fully cleaned out, it was time to put it on the scales.
It is a bird of passage, visiting its customary breeding places in the summer and wintering in southern Europe.Natural History in Anecdote|Various
Had he been an Italian bird, Ovid would have had a plaintive tale to tell about him.My Garden Acquaintance|James Russell Lowell
He then treated the second bird in the same manner, and assisted his lady-love to consume it, as well as the remainder of the oil.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
I remonstrated with him for shooting the bird, for it was not close enough to do any harm.Trails and Tramps in Alaska and Newfoundland|William S. Thomas
The bird turi or tuli is spoken of by Turner as the daughter, but by Stair as the son, of Tangaloa.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead|James George Frazer
British Dictionary definitions for bird (1 of 3)
- to be fired or dismissed
- (esp of a public performer) to be hissed at, booed, or derided
Derived Formsbirdlike, adjective
Word Origin for bird
British Dictionary definitions for bird (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for bird (3 of 3)
Science 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.
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