Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various warm-blooded, egg-laying, feathered vertebrates of the class Aves, having forelimbs modified to form wings.
  • n. Such an animal hunted as game.
  • n. Such an animal, especially a chicken or turkey, used as food: put the bird in the oven.
  • n. See clay pigeon.
  • n. Sports See shuttlecock.
  • n. Slang A rocket, guided missile, satellite, or airplane.
  • n. Slang A person, especially one who is odd or remarkable: a sly old bird.
  • n. Chiefly British Slang A young woman.
  • n. Slang A loud sound expressing disapproval; a raspberry.
  • n. Slang Discharge from employment: lost a big sale and nearly got the bird.
  • n. An obscene gesture of anger, defiance, or derision made by pointing or jabbing the middle finger upward.
  • intransitive v. To observe and identify birds in their natural surroundings.
  • intransitive v. To trap, shoot, or catch birds.
  • idiom for the birds Objectionable or worthless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of the class of animals Aves in the phylum Chordata, characterized by being warm-blooded, having feathers and wings usually capable of flight, and laying eggs.
  • n. A girl or woman considered sexually attractive, as used by a man.
  • n. An airplane.
  • v. To observe or identify wild birds in their natural environment
  • v. To catch or shoot birds.
  • v. To seek for game or plunder; to thieve.
  • n. A prison sentence.
  • n. The vulgar hand gesture in which the middle finger is extended.
  • n. A penis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Orig., a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal (see 2).
  • n. A warm-blooded, feathered vertebrate provided with wings. See Aves.
  • n. Specifically, among sportsmen, a game bird.
  • n. Fig.: A girl; a maiden.
  • intransitive v. To catch or shoot birds.
  • intransitive v. Hence: To seek for game or plunder; to thieve.
  • intransitive v. to watch birds, especially in their natural habitats, for enjoyment; to birdwatch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The young of any fowl.
  • n. A feathered vertebrate animal of the class Aves, frequently included with reptiles in a superclass Sauropsida, but distinguished by having warm blood, by being covered with feathers, and by having the fore limbs so modified as to form wings. See Aves.
  • n. Any small feathered game, as a partridge, quail, snipe, or woodcock, as distinguished from water-fowl, etc.
  • n. In astronomy, a southern constellation. See Apus, 1.
  • To catch birds; go bird-shooting or fowling.
  • Hence To look for plunder; thieve.
  • n. A maiden; a girl; a young woman.
  • n. [In this, as in other modern instances, the word is archaic, and is probably associated with bird as a term of endearment.]

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
  • n. informal terms for a (young) woman
  • n. warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
  • n. badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
  • n. the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
  • v. watch and study birds in their natural habitat

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English brid, young bird.

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From Middle English, from Old English bird, brid, bridd ("young bird, chick"), of uncertain origin and relation.

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Originally Cockney rhyming slang, shortened from bird-lime for "time"

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Dated in the mid‐18th Century; derived from the expression “to give the big bird”, as in “to hiss someone like a goose”.

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From Malay burung ("bird / penis").

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