any of several small songbirds of the genus Anthus, of the family Motacillidae, resembling the larks in coloration, structure, and habits.

Origin of pipit

First recorded in 1760–70; imitative
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pipit

lark, wren, canary, serin, oscine, vireo

Examples from the Web for pipit

Historical Examples of pipit

  • When first discovered it contained two pipit's eggs and the egg of a cuckoo.

    My Studio Neighbors

    William Hamilton Gibson

  • Gin they had a' fouchten as he pipit, there wad hae been anither tale to tell.

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • The food of this Pipit is composed of insects, and worms, and small seeds.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

  • Sprague's Pipit is all in streaks of brown and gray, and lighter below.

    The Children's Book of Birds

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • The Indian pipit affects open country and seems never to perch in trees.

British Dictionary definitions for pipit



any of various songbirds of the genus Anthus and related genera, having brownish speckled plumage and a long tail: family MotacillidaeAlso called: titlark

Word Origin for pipit

C18: probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012