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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bird /bɜrd/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. any warm-blooded, egg-laying animal having feathers:[countable]watched the birds soaring overhead.
  2. Slang Terms[countable]a person, esp. one having some special or unusual feature: a strange bird.
  3. Aeronautics, Informal Terms Informal. an aircraft, spacecraft, or guided missile:[countable]We're tracking the birds on radar at about five miles out and approaching fast.
  4. British Terms Chiefly Brit. Slang. a girl or young woman:[countable]a really smashing pair of birds.
Idioms
  1. Idioms bird in the hand, [countable] a thing that is actually possessed, as opposed to a thing that one wishes one had: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Also, bird in hand.
  2. Idioms birds of a feather, [plural] people with similar attitudes, interests, or experience:Birds of a feather flock together (= People with the same interests often stay together).
  3. Idiomseat like a bird, to eat just a little.
  4. Idioms, Slang Terms for the birds, [be + ~].[Informal.]worthless;
    silly:I think that plan is for the birds; don't even suggest it to the boss.
  5. Idiomskill two birds with one stone, to achieve two purposes with a single effort: She killed two birds with one stone by shopping and visiting the museum on the same trip.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bird  (bûrd),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Birdsany 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. Sport
    • See  clay pigeon. 
    • a shuttlecock.
  4. Slang Termsa person, esp. one having some peculiarity:He's a queer bird.
  5. Aeronautics, Informal Terms[Informal.]an aircraft, spacecraft, or guided missile.
  6. Food[Cookery.]a thin piece of meat, poultry, or fish rolled around a stuffing and braised:veal birds.
  7. Dialect Terms[Southern U.S.](in hunting) a bobwhite.
  8. British Terms[Chiefly Brit. Slang.]a girl or young woman.
  9. [Archaic.]the young of any fowl.
  10. Informal Terms, Idiomsa little bird, a secret source of information:A little bird told me that today is your birthday.
  11. Idiomsbird 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. 
  12. Idiomsbirds of a feather, people with interests, opinions, or backgrounds in common:Birds of a feather flock together.
  13. Idiomseat 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.
  14. Slang Termsfor the birds, useless or worthless;
    not to be taken seriously:Their opinions on art are for the birds. That pep rally is for the birds.
  15. Idiomskill 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.
  16. Slang Termsthe bird: 
    • disapproval, as of a performance, by hissing, booing, etc.:He got the bird when he came out on stage.
    • scoffing or ridicule:He was trying to be serious, but we all gave him the bird.
    • an obscene gesture of contempt made by raising the middle finger.
  17. Slang Termsthe birds and the bees, basic information about sex and reproduction:It was time to talk to the boy about the birds and the bees.

v.i. 
  1. to catch or shoot birds.
  2. to bird-watch.
birdless, adj. 
  • Middle English byrd, bryd, Old English brid(d) young bird, chick bef. 900

Bird  (bûrd),USA pronunciation n. 
  • BiographicalLarry, born 1956, U.S. basketball player.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    bird /bɜːd/ n
    1. any warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate of the class Aves, characterized by a body covering of feathers and forelimbs modified as wings. Birds vary in size between the ostrich and the humming bird
    2. informal a person (usually preceded by a qualifying adjective, as in the phrases rare bird, odd bird, clever bird)
    3. slang chiefly Brit a girl or young woman, esp one's girlfriend
    4. slang prison or a term in prison (esp in the phrase do bird; shortened from birdlime, rhyming slang for time)
    5. a bird in the handsomething definite or certain
    6. birds of a featherpeople with the same characteristics, ideas, interests, etc
    7. get the birdinformal to be fired or dismissed
    8. (esp of a public performer) to be hissed at, booed, or derided
    9. kill two birds with one stoneto accomplish two things with one action
    10. for the birds, strictly for the birdsinformal deserving of disdain or contempt; not important
    Etymology: Old English bridd, of unknown origin
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    Bird /bɜːd/ n
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    Collocations: birding in [Canada, the forest], a [song, game, flightless, wading] bird, [has, is suffering from] bird flu, more...

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