sparrow


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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 ?
Yer ought ter look up to the Lord above--he's above all--thar don't a sparrow fall without him.
As the common size of the natives is somewhat under six inches high, so there is an exact proportion in all other animals, as well as plants and trees: for instance, the tallest horses and oxen are between four and five inches in height, the sheep an inch and half, more or less: their geese about the bigness of a sparrow, and so the several gradations downwards till you come to the smallest, which to my sight, were almost invisible; but nature has adapted the eyes of the Lilliputians to all objects proper for their view: they see with great exactness, but at no great distance.
And, instead of trying the other dishes, all she did was to put every now and then a crumb, of bread into her mouth, that would not have made a meal for a sparrow.
Blush for what you have said, and take my advice, and forgive me, and marry at once in the first village where there is a curate; if not, here is our licentiate who will do the business beautifully; remember, I am old enough to give advice, and this I am giving comes pat to the purpose; for a sparrow in the hand is better than a vulture on the wing, and he who has the good to his hand and chooses the bad, that the good he complains of may not come to him.
He has managed to get a sparrow, and has already partially tamed it.
There were sparrow hawks, with white breasts, and kestrels, and down the slopes scampered, with their long legs, several fine fat bustards.
I went for the Martians like a sparrow goes for man.
The misfortune is great; but I think you have still a good number of falcons, sparrow hawks, and tiercets.
I have been so overwhelmed by the many storms that have broken over my head, that I am become passive in the hands of the Almighty, like a sparrow in the talons of an eagle.
Today I sat before my colleagues like a bear's cub or a plucked sparrow, so that I fairly burned with shame.
For she was a Carlist, and of Basque blood at that, with something of a lioness in the expression of her courageous face (especially when she let her hair down), and with the volatile little soul of a sparrow dressed in fine Parisian feathers, which had the trick of coming off disconcertingly at unexpected moments.
A poor soft thing, wi' no more head-piece nor a sparrow.