bird ( birds plural )
1 n-count A bird is a creature with feathers and wings. Female birds lay eggs. Most birds can fly.
2 n-count Some men refer to young women as birds. This use could cause offence.
4 If you refer to two people as birds of a feather, you mean that they have the same interests or are very similar.
birds of a feather phrase v-link PHR
5 A bird in the hand is something that you already have and do not want to risk losing by trying to get something else.
a bird in the hand phrase
6 If you say that a little bird told you about something, you mean that someone has told you about it, but you do not want to say who it was.
little bird phrase
7 If you say that doing something will kill two birds with one stone, you mean that it will enable you to achieve two things that you want to achieve, rather than just one.
kill two birds with one stone phrase V inflects
bird of paradise ( birds of paradise plural ) A bird of paradise is a songbird which is found mainly in New Guinea. The male birds have very brightly coloured feathers. n-count
bird of passage ( birds of passage plural ) If you refer to someone as a bird of passage, you mean that they are staying in a place for a short time before going to another place. n-count
Most of these emigrants were birds of passage who returned to Spain after a relatively short stay.
bird of prey ( birds of prey plural ) A bird of prey is a bird such as an eagle or a hawk that kills and eats other birds and animals. n-count
bird's eye view ( bird's eye views plural ) You say that you have a bird's eye viewof a place when you are looking down at it from a great height, so that you can see a long way but everything looks very small. n-count usu sing
bird table ( bird tables plural ) A bird table is a small wooden platform on a pole which some people put in their garden in order to put food for the birds on it. n-count
bird-watcher ( bird-watchers plural ) , birdwatcher A bird-watcher is a person whose hobby is watching and studying wild birds in their natural surroundings. n-count
bird-watching , birdwatching
Bird-watching is the activity of watching and studying wild birds in their natural surroundings. n-uncount
early bird ( early birds plural )
1 n-count An early bird is someone who does something or goes somewhere very early, especially very early in the morning.
We've always been early birds, getting up at 5.30 or 6am...
2 adj An early bird deal or offer is one that is available at a reduced price, but which you must buy earlier than you would normally do.
Early bird discounts are usually available at the beginning of the season.
game bird ( game birds plural ) Game birds are birds which are shot for food or for sport. n-count usu pl
water bird ( water birds plural ) A water bird is a bird that swims or walks in water, especially lakes and rivers. There are many kinds of water bird. n-count