[ stawrk ]

noun,plural storks, (especially collectively) stork.
  1. any of several wading birds of the family Ciconiidae, having long legs and a long neck and bill.: Compare adjutant stork, jabiru, marabou (def. 1), white stork, wood ibis.

  2. the stork, this bird as the mythical or symbolic deliverer of a new baby: My brother and his wife are expecting the stork in July.

Origin of stork

before 900; Middle English; Old English storc; cognate with German Storch,Old Norse storkr; akin to stark

Other words from stork

  • storklike, adjective

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How to use stork in a sentence

  • But the stork was cruel and would not heed him, and led Cedric a weary chase through the marshes and the brakes.

    Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
  • Stuckup, great tall stork of a woman, that lords it over a man as though she was a goddess.

  • Monson, my old servant, has joined me, looking more like a cross between an owl and a stork than ever!

  • Vultures and kites are common enough; and Haji Laqlaq the stork comes in regularly from his pilgrimage to Mecca in the spring.

    The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
  • When the child's development has gone far enough, it will be well to dispense with the stork story.

British Dictionary definitions for stork


/ (stɔːk) /

  1. any large wading bird of the family Ciconiidae, chiefly of warm regions of the Old World, having very long legs and a long stout pointed bill, and typically having a white-and-black plumage: order Ciconiiformes

  2. (sometimes capital) a variety of domestic fancy pigeon resembling the fairy swallow

Origin of stork

Old English storc; related to Old High German storah, Old Norse storkr, Old English stearc stiff; from the stiff appearance of its legs; see stark

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