- birdW2S2 [bə:d US bə:rd] n[: Old English; Origin: bridd]1.) a creature with wings and feathers that can usually fly. Many birds sing and build nests, and female birds lay eggs.▪ wild birds▪ The dawn was filled with the sound of birds.▪ a flock of birds (=a group of birds flying together)▪ a wooden bird cage2.) BrE informal a word meaning a young woman, which some people think is offensive3.) the birds and the beesthe facts about sex - used humorously or to children4.) a little bird told me (sth) informal used to say that you know something, but you will not say how you found out▪ A little bird told me that you've got engaged.5.) birds of a feather (flock together) informal used to say that two or more people have similar attitudes, beliefs etc6.) give sb the birda) AmE informal to make a very rude sign at someone by holding your middle finger upb) BrE to show strong disapproval of someone who is performing or speaking in public by shouting, making rude noises etc7.) a bird in the hand (is worth two in the bush)used to say that it is better to keep what you have than to risk losing it by trying to get more8.) the bird has flown informalused to say that the person you are looking for has already left or escaped9.) be (strictly) for the birdsold-fashioned informal to be silly, useless, or not practical10.) wise/wily/funny/weird etc old birdold-fashioned informal a person who seems wise, funny etc11.) do birdBrE old-fashioned informal to serve a prison sentence= do time
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.