• synonyms


or pee·wit

[ pee-wit, pyoo-it ]
/ ˈpi wɪt, ˈpyu ɪt /


the lapwing, Vanellus vanellus.
the phoebe.

Nearby words

pew, pew hinge, pewage, pewee, pewholder, pewit, pewter, pewterer, pexis, peyer's patches, peyote

Origin of pewit

First recorded in 1520–30; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pewit


/ (ˈpiːwɪt) /


another name for lapwing

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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