Definition for fowling (2 of 2)
noun, plural fowls, (especially collectively) fowl.
verb (used without object)
Origin of fowl
Examples from the Web for fowling
They were not anxious to follow while he could sweep the bridge with his fowling piece and so they stood on the shore and howled.Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
The oak gun-rack in our old home contained a motley collection of fowling pieces, mostly with the barrels filed down.The Confessions of a Poacher|Anonymous
"Pray you, sir, John Alden told me I might take that fowling piece," he offered his excuses.Soldier Rigdale|Beulah Marie Dix
Thus the fowler knew nothing about catching fish or the fishermen of fowling.The Cat of Bubastes|G. A. Henty
Bob seems sorry that he must forsake the Marsh & River when he is daily fowling, & never kills any Game.
British Dictionary definitions for fowling (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for fowling (2 of 2)
Word Origin for fowl
Word Origin and History for fowling
Old English fugel "bird," representing the general Germanic word for them, from Proto-Germanic *foglaz (cf. Old Frisian fugel, Old Norse fugl, Middle Dutch voghel, Dutch vogel, German vogel, Gothic fugls), probably by dissimilation from *flug-la-, literally "flyer," from the same root as Old English fleogan, modern fly (v.1).
Originally "bird;" narrower sense of "domestic hen or rooster" (the main modern meaning) is first recorded 1570s; in U.S. also extended to ducks and geese. As a verb, Old English fuglian "to catch birds." Related: Fowled; fowling.
Idioms and Phrases with fowling
see neither fish nor fowl.