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spar·row

 (spăr′ō)
n.
1. Any of various small birds of the family Emberizidae, having brownish or grayish plumage and found throughout the Americas, such as the song sparrow.
2. Any of various birds of the family Passeridae, especially the house sparrow.
3. Any of various similar birds of other families, such as the Java sparrow.

[Middle English sparowe, from Old English spearwa.]

sparrow

(ˈspærəʊ)
n
1. (Animals) any weaverbird of the genus Passer and related genera, esp the house sparrow, having a brown or grey plumage and feeding on seeds or insects
2. (Animals) US and Canadian any of various North American finches, such as the chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina), that have a dullish streaked plumage
[Old English spearwa; related to Old Norse spörr, Old High German sparo]
ˈsparrow-ˌlike adj

spar•row

(ˈspær oʊ)

n.
1. any of numerous small New World songbirds of the subfamily Emberizinae (family Emberizidae), typically dull gray-brown with plain or streaked breasts of a lighter color, as the chipping sparrow and song sparrow.
2. any of various similar songbirds of the Old World family Passeridae, as the house sparrow.
[before 900; Middle English sparowe, Old English spearwa, c. Middle High German sparwe, Old Norse spǫrr, Gothic sparwa]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sparrow - any of several small dull-colored singing birds feeding on seeds or insectssparrow - any of several small dull-colored singing birds feeding on seeds or insects
passeriform bird, passerine - perching birds mostly small and living near the ground with feet having 4 toes arranged to allow for gripping the perch; most are songbirds; hatchlings are helpless
family Passeridae, Passeridae - true sparrows: Old world birds formerly considered weaverbirds
English sparrow, house sparrow, Passer domesticus - small hardy brown-and-grey bird native to Europe
Passer montanus, tree sparrow - Eurasian sparrow smaller than the house sparrow
2.sparrow - small brownish European songbirdsparrow - small brownish European songbird  
accentor - small sparrow-like songbird of mountainous regions of Eurasia

sparrow

noun
Related words
adjective passerine
collective noun host
Translations
سنونوعصفورعَصْفُور
врабче
vrabec
gråspurvspurv
pasero
varpunen
vrabac
veréb
spör
スズメ
참새
žvirblis
zvirbulis
mushuismus
vrabie
vrabec
vrabec
sparv
นกกระจอก
chim sẻsẻ

sparrow

[ˈspærəʊ] Ngorrión m

sparrow

[ˈspærəʊ] nmoineau m

sparrow

nSperling m, → Spatz m; house sparrowHaussperling m

sparrow

[ˈspærəʊ] npassero

sparrow

(ˈspӕrəu) noun
a common type of small brown bird related to the finch family.

sparrow

عَصْفُور vrabec spurv Spatz σπουργίτι gorrión varpunen moineau vrabac passero スズメ 참새 mus spurv wróbel pardal воробей sparv นกกระจอก serçe chim sẻ 麻雀
References in classic literature ?
On the road he met a sparrow that said to him, 'Why are you so sad, my friend?' 'Because,' said the dog, 'I am very very hungry, and have nothing to eat.' 'If that be all,' answered the sparrow, 'come with me into the next town, and I will soon find you plenty of food.' So on they went together into the town: and as they passed by a butcher's shop, the sparrow said to the dog, 'Stand there a little while till I peck you down a piece of meat.' So the sparrow perched upon the shelf: and having first looked carefully about her to see if anyone was watching her, she pecked and scratched at a steak that lay upon the edge of the shelf, till at last down it fell.
His conversation was now addressed entirely to a bald cock- sparrow, who seemed bolder than the rest; and Mary took the opportunity of looking at him.
It was in the Umpqua Valley that they heard the parable of the white sparrow. The farmer who told it was elderly and flourishing.
"Another of the King's chief men, approving of his words and exhortations, presently added: 'The present life of man, O King, seems to me, in comparison of that time which is unknown to us, like to the swift flight of a sparrow through the room wherein you sit at supper in winter, with your commanders and ministers, and a good fire in the midst, while the storms of rain and snow prevail abroad.
Some years ago, I remember, there was a hearse with two horses returning one dark night, and just by Farmer Sparrow's house, where the pond is close to the road, the wheels went too near the edge, and the hearse was overturned into the water; both the horses were drowned, and the driver hardly escaped.
Meantime Herr Givenaught and Herr Heartless were having an early breakfast in the former's castle--the Sparrow's Nest--and flavoring it with a quarrel; for although these twins bore a love for each other which almost amounted to worship, there was one subject upon which they could not touch without calling each other hard names-- and yet it was the subject which they oftenest touched upon.
When on the first day he got up early, went out of the shed at dawn, and saw the cupolas and crosses of the New Convent of the Virgin still dark at first, the hoarfrost on the dusty grass, the Sparrow Hills, and the wooded banks above the winding river vanishing in the purple distance, when he felt the contact of the fresh air and heard the noise of the crows flying from Moscow across the field, and when afterwards light gleamed from the east and the sun's rim appeared solemnly from behind a cloud, and the cupolas and crosses, the hoarfrost, the distance and the river, all began to sparkle in the glad light- Pierre felt a new joy and strength in life such as he had never before known.
He has managed to get a sparrow, and has already partially tamed it.
On the 13th of March, after I had heard the bluebird, song sparrow, and red-wing, the ice was still nearly a foot thick.
Today I sat before my colleagues like a bear's cub or a plucked sparrow, so that I fairly burned with shame.
A PEASANT had in his garden an Apple-Tree which bore no fruit but only served as a harbor for the sparrows and grasshoppers.
He sent over to the house-tops for a lot of sparrows and ordered them to lay their eggs in old thrushes' nests and sent their young to the ladies and swore they were all thrushes!