whimbrel

[ hwim-bruh l, wim- ]
/ ˈʰwɪm brəl, ˈwɪm- /
|

noun

a curlew, Numenius phaeopus, of both the New and Old Worlds.

Nearby words

  1. whillikers,
  2. whilom,
  3. whilst,
  4. whim,
  5. whim-wham,
  6. whimper,
  7. whimsey,
  8. whimsical,
  9. whimsicality,
  10. whimsically

Origin of whimbrel

1520–30; whim (perhaps imitative) + intrusive -b- + -rel

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for whimbrel



British Dictionary definitions for whimbrel

whimbrel

/ (ˈwɪmbrəl) /

noun

a small European curlew, Numenius phaeopus, with a striped head

Word Origin for whimbrel

C16: from dialect whimp or from whimper, alluding to its cry

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