[ mok-ing-burd ]
/ ˈmɒk ɪŋˌbɜrd /


any of several gray, black, and white songbirds of the genus Mimus, especially M. polyglottos, of the U.S. and Mexico, noted for their ability to mimic the songs of other birds.
any of various related or similar birds, as Melanotis caerulescens (blue mockingbird), of Mexico.

Nearby words

  1. mockernut,
  2. mockernut hickory,
  3. mockers,
  4. mockery,
  5. mocking,
  6. mockney,
  7. mocktail,
  8. mockumentary,
  9. mockup,
  10. moctezuma

Origin of mockingbird

1670–80, Americanism; mocking + bird Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mockingbird


/ (ˈmɒkɪŋˌbɜːd) /


Australian any American songbird of the family Mimidae, having a long tail and grey plumage: noted for their ability to mimic the song of other birds
a small scrub bird, Atrichornis rufescens, noted for its mimicry
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Word Origin and History for mockingbird



also mocking-bird, 1670s, from mocking (adj.), 1520s, from present participle of mock (v.) + bird (n.1). Earlier form was mock-bird (1640s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper