- Orig., a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal (see 2)."That ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird." [Shak.]"The bryddsbirds] of the aier have nestes." [Tyndale (Matt. viii. 20).]
- [Zoöl] A warm-blooded, feathered vertebrate provided with wings. See Aves.
- Specifically, among sportsmen, a game bird.
- Fig.: A girl; a maiden."And by my word! the bonny bird In danger shall not tarry." [Campbell.]
Etymology: OE. brid bred bird, young bird, bird, AS. bridd young bird. √92