bird vs skirt what difference

what is difference between bird and skirt

English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: bû(r)d, IPA(key): /bɜːd/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /bɝd/, [bɝɖ]
    • (NYC) IPA(key): [bɔɪd]
  • (Indian English) IPA(key): /bɜd/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)d

Etymology 1

From Middle English brid, from Old English bird, brid, bridd (young bird, chick), of uncertain origin and relation. Gradually replaced fowl as the most common term starting in the 14th century.

The “booing/jeering” and “vulgar hand gesture” senses derived from the expression “to give the big bird”, as in “to hiss someone like a goose”, dated in the mid‐18th Century.

Noun

bird (plural birds)

  1. A member of the class of animals Aves in the phylum Chordata, characterized by being warm-blooded, having feathers and wings usually capable of flight, having a beaked mouth, and laying eggs.
    • 2004, Bruce Whittington, Loucas Raptis, Seasons with Birds, page 50:
      The level below this is called the Phylum; birds belong to the Phylum Chordata, which includes all the vertebrate animals (the sub-phylum Vertebrata) and a few odds and ends.
  2. (slang) A man, fellow. [from the mid-19th c.]
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, page 24:
      The door opened and a tall hungry-looking bird with a cane and a big nose came in neatly, shut the door behind him against the pressure of the door closer, marched over to the desk and placed a wrapped parcel on the desk.
    • 2006, Jeff Fields, Terry Kay, A cry of angels
      “Ah, he’s a funny bird,” said Phaedra, throwing a leg over the sill.
  3. (Britain, US, Australia, slang) A girl or woman, especially one considered sexually attractive.
    • 1809, Thomas Campbell, Lord Ullin’s Daughter
      And by my word! the bonny bird / In danger shall not tarry.
    • 2013, Russell Brand, Russell Brand and the GQ awards: ‘It’s amazing how absurd it seems’ (in The Guardian, 13 September 2013)[2]
      The usual visual grammar was in place – a carpet in the street, people in paddocks awaiting a brush with something glamorous, blokes with earpieces, birds in frocks of colliding colours that if sighted in nature would indicate the presence of poison.
    • 2017, David Weigel, The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock, W. W. Norton & Company.
  4. (Britain, Ireland, slang) Girlfriend. [from the early 20th c.]
  5. (slang) An airplane.
  6. (slang) A satellite.
    • 1988, Satellite communications. Jan-Oct. 1988
      Deployment of the fourth bird “should ensure that Inmarsat has sufficient capacity in orbit in the early 1990s, taking into account the possibility of launch failures and the age of some of the spacecraft in the Inmarsat first generation system
    • 1992, Cable Vision
      Will a government- backed APSTAR satellite knock out a planned AsiaSat II bird?
    • 2015, John Fuller, Thor’s Legions: Weather Support to the U.S. Air Force and Army, 1937-1987, Springer →ISBN, page 384
      In reality, the Air Force was never able to place a bird in orbit that quickly.
  7. (obsolete) A chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling.
    • 1494–1536, William Tyndale, Bible, Matthew 8:20
      The brydds [birds] of the aier have nestes.
  8. (Britain, with definite article, especially in expressions such as ‘give someone the bird’) Booing and jeering, especially as done by an audience expressing displeasure at a performer.
  9. (with definite article) The vulgar hand gesture in which the middle finger is extended.
    Synonym: the finger
    • 2002, The Advocate, “Flying fickle finger of faith”, page 55.
      For whatever reason — and there are so many to chose from — they flipped the bird in the direction of the tinted windows of the Bushmobile.
    • 2003, James Patterson and Peter De Jonge, The Beach House, Warner Books, page 305,
      Then she raised both hands above her shoulders and flipped him the bird with each one.
  10. A yardbird.
Synonyms
  • (member of class Aves): fowl, avian
  • (man): chap, bloke, guy
  • (woman): broad, chick, dame, girl, lass
  • See also Thesaurus:woman
  • See also Thesaurus:girl
Hyponyms
  • See also Thesaurus:bird
Derived terms
Translations

See also

  • birb
  • burd
  • chirp
  • ornithic
  • ornithology
  • squawk
  • tweet
  • Appendix: Animals
  • Appendix:Gestures/middle finger

Verb

bird (third-person singular simple present birds, present participle birding, simple past and past participle birded)

  1. (intransitive) To observe or identify wild birds in their natural environment.
  2. (intransitive) To catch or shoot birds.
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To seek for game or plunder; to thieve.
    • These day-owls. That are birding in men’s purses

Etymology 2

Originally Cockney rhyming slang, shortened from bird-lime for “time”.

Noun

bird (plural birds)

  1. (slang, uncountable) A prison sentence.
Synonyms
  • (prison sentence): porridge, stretch, time
Translations

Verb

bird (third-person singular simple present birds, present participle birding, simple past and past participle birded)

  1. (transitive, slang) To bring into prison, to roof.
Translations

References

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “bird”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  • bird on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Aves on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons
  • Aves on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
  • bird at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • drib


English

Etymology

From Middle English skyrte, from Old Norse skyrta, from Proto-Germanic *skurtijǭ. Doublet of shirt. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Skoarte (apron), Dutch schort (apron), German Schürze (apron), Danish skørt (skirt), Swedish skört (hem of a jacket), Norwegian skjørt (skirt).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) enPR: skû(r)t, IPA(key): /skɜːt/
  • (US) enPR: skûrt, IPA(key): /skɝt/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)t

Noun

skirt (plural skirts)

  1. An article of clothing, usually worn by women and girls, that hangs from the waist and covers the lower part of the body.
    • c. 1907, O. Henry, The Purple Dress:
      “I like purple best,” said Maida. “And old Schlegel has promised to make it for $8. It’s going to be lovely. I’m going to have a plaited skirt and a blouse coat trimmed with a band of galloon under a white cloth collar with two rows of—”
  2. The part of a dress or robe, etc., that hangs below the waist.
    • 1885, Ada S. Ballin, The Science of Dress in Theory and Practice, Chapter XI:
      The petticoats and skirts ordinarily worn are decidedly the heaviest part of the dress ; hence it is necessary that some reform should be effected in these.
    • 1891, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Red-Headed League
      “It’s all clear,” he whispered. “Have you the chisel and the bags? Great Scott! Jump, Archie, jump, and I’ll swing for it!”
      Sherlock Holmes had sprung out and seized the intruder by the collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of rending cloth as Jones clutched at his skirts.
  3. A loose edging to any part of a dress.
    • July 27, 1713, Joseph Addison, The Guardian no. 118
      A narrow lace, or a small skirt of fine ruffled linen, which runs along the upper part of the stays before, and crosses the breast, being a part of the tucker, is called the modesty piece.
  4. A petticoat.
  5. (derogatory, slang) A woman.
    • 1931, Robert E. Howard, Alleys of Peril:
      “Mate,” said the Cockney, after we’d finished about half the bottle, “it comes to me that we’re a couple o’ blightin’ idjits to be workin’ for a skirt.”
      “What d’ya mean?” I asked, taking a pull at the bottle.
      “Well, ‘ere’s us, two red-blooded ‘e-men, takin’ orders from a lousy little frail, ‘andin’ the swag h’over to ‘er, and takin’ wot she warnts to ‘and us, w’en we could ‘ave the ‘ole lot. Take this job ‘ere now–“
  6. (Britain, colloquial) Women collectively, in a sexual context.
  7. (Britain, colloquial) Sexual intercourse with a woman.
  8. Border; edge; margin; extreme part of anything.
    • ca. 1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act III, sc. 2:
      here in the skirts of the forest, like fringe upon a petticoat.
  9. The diaphragm, or midriff, in animals.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dunglison to this entry?)

Usage notes

  • (article of clothing): It was formerly common to speak of “skirts” (plural) rather than “a skirt”. In some cases this served to emphasize an array of skirts of underskirts, or of pleats and folds in a single skirt; in other cases it made little or no difference in meaning.

Derived terms

Descendants

  • Japanese: スカート (sukāto)
  • Korean: 스커트 (seukeoteu)
  • Scottish Gaelic: sgiort

Translations

Verb

skirt (third-person singular simple present skirts, present participle skirting, simple past and past participle skirted)

  1. To be on or form the border of.
  2. To move around or along the border of; to avoid the center of.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room Chapter 1
      An enormous man and woman (it was early-closing day) were stretched motionless, with their heads on pocket-handkerchiefs, side by side, within a few feet of the sea, while two or three gulls gracefully skirted the incoming waves, and settled near their boots.
  3. To cover with a skirt; to surround.
  4. To avoid or ignore (something); to manage to avoid (something or a problem); to skate by (something).

Derived terms

Translations

Anagrams

  • Kirst, stirk

Middle English

Noun

skirt

  1. Alternative form of skyrte

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