[ bram-bling ]
/ ˈbræm blɪŋ /


an Old World finch, Fringilla montifringilla, the male of which is black and white with a reddish-brown breast.

Words nearby brambling

Origin of brambling

1560–70; earlier bramlin (bram- (variant of broom) + -lin -ling1); akin to German Brämling

Definition for brambling (2 of 2)

[ bram-buh l ]
/ ˈbræm bəl /


any prickly shrub belonging to the genus Rubus, of the rose family.
British. the common blackberry.
any rough, prickly shrub, as the dog rose.

verb (used without object), bram·bled, bram·bling.

British. to look for and gather wild blackberries; pick blackberries from the vine.

Origin of bramble

before 1000; Middle English; Old English bræmbel, variant of brǣmel, equivalent to brǣm- (cognate with Dutch braam broom) + -el noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for brambling

  • In February, 1911, a brambling was brought to me for identification.

    In a Cheshire Garden|Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton

British Dictionary definitions for brambling (1 of 2)

/ (ˈbræmblɪŋ) /


a Eurasian finch, Fringilla montifringilla, with a speckled head and back and, in the male, a reddish brown breast and darker wings and tail

British Dictionary definitions for brambling (2 of 2)

/ (ˈbræmbəl) /


any of various prickly herbaceous plants or shrubs of the rosaceous genus Rubus, esp the blackberrySee also stone bramble
  1. a blackberry
  2. (as modifier)bramble jelly
any of several similar and related shrubs

verb (intr)

to gather blackberries

Derived forms of bramble

brambly, adjective

Word Origin for bramble

Old English brǣmbel; related to Old Saxon brāmal, Old High German brāmo
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