Bird [burd]

1. any warm-blooded vertebrate of the class Aves, having a body covered with feathers, forelimbs modified into wings, scaly legs, a beak, and no teeth, and bearing young in a hard-shelled egg.
2. a fowl or game bird.
3. Sports.
  • clay pigeon.
  • a shuttlecock.
4. Slang. a person, especially one having some peculiarity: He's a queer bird.
5. Informal. an aircraft, spacecraft, or guided missile.
6. Cookery. a thin piece of meat, poultry, or fish rolled around a stuffing and braised: veal birds.
7. Southern U.S. (in hunting) a bobwhite.
8. Chiefly British Slang. a girl or young woman.
9. Archaic. the young of any fowl.
10. the bird, Slang.
  • disapproval, as of a performance, by hissing, booing, etc.: He got the bird when he came out on stage.

verb (used without object)
11. to catch or shoot birds.
12. to bird-watch.

13. a little bird, Informal. a secret source of information: A little bird told me that today is your birthday.
14. bird in the hand, a thing possessed in fact as opposed to a thing about which one speculates: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Also, bird in hand.
15. birds of a feather, people with interests, opinions, or backgrounds in common: Birds of a feather flock together.
16. eat like a bird, to eat sparingly: She couldn't understand why she failed to lose weight when she was, as she said, eating like a bird.
17. for the birds, Slang. useless or worthless; not to be taken seriously: Their opinions on art are for the birds. That pep rally is for the birds.
18. kill two birds with one stone, to achieve two aims with a single effort: She killed two birds with one stone by shopping and visiting the museum on the same trip.

before 900; Middle English byrd, bryd, Old English brid ( d ) young bird, chick

Related forms
bird·less, adjective

Related Words for : Bird
birdwatch, fowl, chick, dame, doll