bird

noun
1》 a warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate animal of a class distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak, typically able to fly. [Class Aves.]
2》 informal a person of a specified kind or character: she's a sharp old bird.
3》 Brit. informal a young woman or girlfriend.
Phrases
the bird has flown the person one is looking for has escaped or left.
the birds and the bees informal basic facts about sex and reproduction, as told to a child.
do (one's) bird Brit. informal serve a prison sentence. [bird from rhyming sl. birdlime 'time'.]
flip someone the bird N. Amer. informal stick one's middle finger up at someone as a sign of contempt or anger.
(strictly) for the birds informal not worthy of consideration.
give someone the bird Brit. informal boo or jeer at someone.
have a bird N. Amer. informal be very shocked or agitated.
Derivatives
birdlike adjective
Origin
OE brid 'chick, fledgling', of unknown origin.

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