noun Date: circa 1611 1. one that warbles ; singer, songster 2. a. any of numerous small chiefly Old World oscine birds (family Sylviidae) many of which are noted songsters and are closely related to the thrushes b. any of numerous small brightly colored American oscine birds (family Parulidae) with a usually weak and unmusical song — called also wood warbler

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  • Warbler — War bler, n. 1. One who, or that which, warbles; a singer; a songster; applied chiefly to birds. [1913 Webster] In lulling strains the feathered warblers woo. Tickell. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small Old World… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • warbler — [wôr′blər] n. 1. a bird or person that warbles; singer; songster ☆ 2. any of a large, New World passerine family (Parulidae) of small, insect eating birds, many of which are brightly colored, as the yellow warbler, the prothonotary warbler, or… …   English World dictionary

  • warbler — agent noun from WARBLE (Cf. warble). Applied to Old World songbirds by 1773 and to North American birds that look like them but sing little by 1783 …   Etymology dictionary

  • warbler — ► NOUN ▪ a small songbird typically living in trees and bushes and having a warbling song …   English terms dictionary

  • Warbler — There are a number of Passeriformes (perching birds) called warblers . They are not particularly closely related, but share some characteristics, such as being fairly small, active and insectivorous.They are mostly brownish or dull greenish in… …   Wikipedia

  • warbler — /wawr bleuhr/, n. 1. any of several small, chiefly Old World songbirds of the subfamily Sylviidae. Cf. blackcap (def. 1), reed warbler. 2. Also called wood warbler. any of numerous small New World songbirds of the family Parulidae, many species… …   Universalium

  • warbler — UK [ˈwɔː(r)blə(r)] / US [ˈwɔrblər] noun [countable] Word forms warbler : singular warbler plural warblers 1) a type of small bird that sings 2) humorous someone who sings, but not very well …   English dictionary

  • warbler — war•bler [[t]ˈwɔr blər[/t]] n. 1) orn Also called wood warbler any of numerous small New World songbirds of the subfamily Parulinae (family Emberizidae), many species of which are brightly colored. 2) orn any of numerous small, chiefly Old World… …   From formal English to slang

  • warbler — /ˈwɔblə / (say wawbluh) noun 1. someone or something that warbles. 2. any of the small, chiefly Eurasian songbirds constituting the family Sylviidae, represented in Australia by a few species, as the grassbirds, songlarks, the spinifexbird, and… …   Australian English dictionary

  • warbler — noun a) Some of various small passerine songbirds. b) Agent noun of warble; one who warbles …   Wiktionary

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