Origin of sparrow
Examples from the Web for sparrow
“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|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."
"Don't you ever get tired of staying in the water," Sparrow would say, wondering.Verotchka's Tales|Mamin Siberiak
When Hester left the jail she went straight to Sparrow Street.A Girl of the People|L. T. Meade
He placed his pack on the ground and stalked them as a cat stalks a sparrow.Love of Life|Jack London
So now, instead of running about amongst my red-legged brethren, as a pigeon ought, I am obliged to hop like a sparrow.The Bird and Insects' Post Office|Robert Bloomfield
Manners had never so much as killed a sparrow in all his life.The Scarecrow and Other Stories|G. Ranger Wormser
British Dictionary definitions for sparrow
Word Origin for sparrow
Word Origin and History for sparrow
small brownish-gray bird, Old English spearwa, from Proto-Germanic *sparwan (cf. Old Norse spörr, Old High German sparo, German Sperling, Gothic sparwa), from PIE *sper- (cf. Cornish frau "crow;" Old Prussian spurglis "sparrow;" Greek spergoulos "small field bird," psar "starling"). Sparrowhawk is attested from c.1400. Sparrowfarts (1886) was Cheshire slang for "very early morning."