noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Chiefly British Informal.
Origin of Wrens
Definition for wrens (2 of 4)
Origin of wren
Definition for wrens (3 of 4)
noun (sometimes lowercase) Chiefly British Informal.
Origin of Wren1
Definition for wrens (4 of 4)
Examples from the Web for wrens
Wrens are lively little birds, excitable and afraid of nothing.The Children's Book of Birds|Olive Thorne Miller
The cowbird had probably been surprised in the act of violating the nest, and the wrens were giving her a piece of their minds.Bird Stories from Burroughs|John Burroughs
The house shown in Fig. 51 is suitable for these birds but is also acceptable to wrens.
Prizes may be awarded for the best houses made for the more common birds, such as wrens, bluebirds, and martins.
We were in muster giants, with great armed bodies; but in action babes with wrens' hearts.
British Dictionary definitions for wrens (1 of 3)
Word Origin for wren
British Dictionary definitions for wrens (2 of 3)
Word Origin for Wren
British Dictionary definitions for wrens (3 of 3)
Word Origin and History for wrens
Old English wrenna, metathesis variation of earlier werna, a West Germanic word of uncertain origin. Cf. Icelandic rindill, Old High German wrendo, wrendilo "wren." The bird's name in other languages usually denotes "royalty" (cf. Latin regulus), in reference to its golden crest.