- 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)
Words nearby bird
Idioms for bird
Origin of bird
OTHER WORDS FROM birdbird·less, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for for the birds (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for for the birds (2 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
Scientific definitions for for the birds
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.
Cultural definitions for for the birds
Worthless: “The last scheme you came up with was really for the birds.”
Idioms and Phrases with for the birds (1 of 2)
Worthless, not to be taken seriously, no good. For example, This conference is for the birds—let's leave now. This term has been said to allude to horse droppings from which birds would extract seeds. This seemingly fanciful theory is borne out by a more vulgar version of this idiom, shit for the birds. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with for the birds (2 of 2)
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