fowling

[ fou-ling ]
/ ˈfaʊ lɪŋ /

noun

the practice or sport of shooting or snaring birds.

Origin of fowling

First recorded in 1350–1400, fowling is from the late Middle English word foulynge. See fowl, -ing1

Definition for fowling (2 of 2)

fowl

[ foul ]
/ faʊl /

noun, plural fowls, (especially collectively) fowl.

the domestic or barnyard hen or rooster; chicken.Compare domestic fowl.
any of several other, usually gallinaceous, birds that are barnyard, domesticated, or wild, as the duck, turkey, or pheasant.
(in market and household use) a full-grown domestic fowl for food purposes, as distinguished from a chicken or young fowl.
the flesh or meat of a domestic fowl.
any bird (used chiefly in combination): waterfowl; wildfowl.

verb (used without object)

to hunt or take wildfowl.

Origin of fowl

before 900; Middle English foul, Old English fugol, fugel; cognate with Old Saxon fugal, Gothic fugls, Old High German fogal (German Vogel)

Can be confused

foul fowl
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British Dictionary definitions for fowling (1 of 2)

fowling

/ (ˈfaʊlɪŋ) /

noun

the shooting or trapping of birds for sport or as a livelihood

Derived Forms

fowler, noun

British Dictionary definitions for fowling (2 of 2)

fowl

/ (faʊl) /

noun

any other bird, esp any gallinaceous bird, that is used as food or hunted as gameSee also waterfowl, wildfowl
the flesh or meat of fowl, esp of chicken
an archaic word for any bird

verb

(intr) to hunt or snare wildfowl

Word Origin for fowl

Old English fugol; related to Old Frisian fugel, Old Norse fogl, Gothic fugls, Old High German fogal
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Idioms and Phrases with fowling

fowl


see neither fish nor fowl.

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