any member of the Old World genus Passer, formerly thought to be closely related to the weaverbirds but now placed in their own family, Passeridae.
- spar·row·less, adjective
- spar·row·like, adjective
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How to use sparrow in a sentence
On weekdays, my home office is quiet, save for the sounds of sparrows.Working flexible hours can make you feel less motivated | Lila MacLellan | June 3, 2022 | Quartz
They even make it harder for sparrows to fight off West Nile virus.
The fan of feathers at the base of its tail would have resembled those typically observed in present-day birds such as pigeons or sparrows.This 120-million-year-old bird may have been one of the first to shake its tail feathers | Kate Baggaley | September 17, 2021 | Popular-Science
In the new study, Rogalla and colleagues turned to sunbirds, nectar-feeding birds typically smaller than sparrows that are native to Africa, Asia and Australia.Sunbirds’ dazzling feathers are hot, in both senses of the word | Jake Buehler | August 17, 2021 | Science News
Out my window, the sparrows were chirping excitedly, not ready to call it a day.An Existential Crisis in Neuroscience - Issue 94: Evolving | Grigori Guitchounts | December 30, 2020 | Nautilus
“No eyes are on the sparrow, eyes are on the sparrow / He is singing anyway.”
Before she finished I began to paint, and she resumed the pose, smiling and chattering like a sparrow.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show | Robert W. Chambers | February 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A man “in traditional Alpine costume” addresses a group of children while holding a sparrow.
I can hear her now warbling her own rendition of "His Eye Is on the sparrow."
But she is a girl, and she does not mind her jack-sparrow being a trifle headstrong, if only he has a kind heart.Child Life In Town And Country | Anatole France
Over near Neighbour Brown's fence they were peeping through the green leaves at the song-sparrow's nest.Seven O'Clock Stories | Robert Gordon Anderson
A song sparrow was singing out by the road, and the thin, sweet flutings of a Peabody came from the pasture.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
A magnificent view is had from sparrow Hill; the ascent is made by a steep and tortuous road.Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
Was the girl going away any real part of the strength and beauty of the old sparrow place?Growing Up | Jennie M. Drinkwater
British Dictionary definitions for sparrow
any weaverbird of the genus Passer and related genera, esp the house sparrow, having a brown or grey plumage and feeding on seeds or insects
US and Canadian any of various North American finches, such as the chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina), that have a dullish streaked plumage
- Related adjective: passerine
- sparrow-like, adjective
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