- any of several common freshwater ducks related to the mallards and teals in the genus Anas, having metallic green flight feathers, a white wing patch, and a buff or white forehead, including A. penelope of Eurasia and North Africa, A. sibilatrix of South America, and the baldpate, A. americana, of North America.
- Obsolete. a fool.
Origin of widgeon
Examples from the Web for widgeon
"Fifteen widgeon went off when I returned to the blind," he said, unsmiling.Blue-Bird Weather
Robert W. Chambers
The widgeon is but a poor diver, while the canvas-back is one of the very best.The Hunters' Feast
Widgeon, run round the corner and call a couple of hansom cabs.Mother Carey's Chicken
George Manville Fenn
"And nobody's had the gumption to fight 'em," said Mr. Widgeon.
Mr. Widgeon and Mr. Redbrook are pushing their way towards the door.
- a variant spelling of wigeon
Word Origin and History for widgeon
migratory wild duck, 1510s, perhaps from some variant of French vigeon, which some trace to Latin vipionem (nominative vipio), "a kind of small crane," a Balearic word, perhaps imitative. OED, however, finds all this "very dubious."