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or pee·wit

[pee-wit, pyoo-it]
  1. the lapwing, Vanellus vanellus.
  2. the phoebe.
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Origin of pewit

First recorded in 1520–30; imitative
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Historical Examples of pewit

  • Marjory was very anxious that Blanche should see a pewit's nest.

    Hunter's Marjory

    Margaret Bruce Clarke

  • One of the first birds I saw, and one of the most puzzling, was the lapwing or pewit.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs

  • It is unmistakably spring, because the pewit bushes are budding and on yonder aspen we can hear a forsythia bursting into song.

  • When its eggs are laid, the pewit will fight fiercely with any other of its species which comes too near it.

    Mamma's Stories about Birds

    Anonymous (AKA the author of "Chickseed without Chickweed")

  • Now and then I caught the cry of a pewit, or saw a snipe glance up from his bed; but mainly I was busied about the mare.

    The Splendid Spur

    Arthur T. Quiller Couch

British Dictionary definitions for pewit


  1. another name for lapwing
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Word Origin for pewit

C13: imitative of the bird's cry
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Word Origin and History for pewit


"lapwing" (still the usual name for it in Scotland), 1520s, imitative of its cry (cf. Flemish piewit-voghel, Middle Low German kivit, German kiwitz; also see kibitz).

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