What does sparrow mean?

Definitions for sparrow
ˈspær oʊspar·row

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sparrow, true sparrownoun

    any of several small dull-colored singing birds feeding on seeds or insects

  2. hedge sparrow, sparrow, dunnock, Prunella modularisnoun

    small brownish European songbird


  1. sparrownoun

    The house sparrow, Passer domesticus; a small bird with a short bill, and brown, white and gray feathers.

  2. sparrownoun

    A member of the family Passeridae, comprising small Old World songbirds.

  3. sparrownoun

    A member of the family Emberizidae, comprising small New World songbirds.

  4. sparrownoun

    Generically, any small, nondescript bird.

  5. sparrownoun

    A quick-witted, lively person. Often used in the phrase cockney sparrow.

  6. Etymology: From sparwe, sparowe, from spearwa, from sparwô, from sper(w)-. Cognate with Dutch spreeuw, Spar, Sperling, Danish spurv, sparv, Breton frao, Tocharian A spārāñ, Ancient Greek πσαρ.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sparrownoun

    A small bird.

    Etymology: spearwa , Saxon.

    Dismay’d not this
    Macbeth and Banquo? Yes,
    As sparrows, eagles; or the hare, the lion. William Shakespeare.

    There is great probability that a thousand sparrows will fly away at the sight of a hawk among them. Isaac Watts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sparrownoun

    one of many species of small singing birds of the family Fringilligae, having conical bills, and feeding chiefly on seeds. Many sparrows are called also finches, and buntings. The common sparrow, or house sparrow, of Europe (Passer domesticus) is noted for its familiarity, its voracity, its attachment to its young, and its fecundity. See House sparrow, under House

  2. Sparrownoun

    any one of several small singing birds somewhat resembling the true sparrows in form or habits, as the European hedge sparrow. See under Hedge

  3. Etymology: [OE. sparwe, AS. spearwa; akin to OHG. sparo, G. sperling, Icel. sprr, Dan. spurv, spurre, Sw. sparf, Goth. sparwa; -- originally, probably, the quiverer or flutterer, and akin to E. spurn. See Spurn, and cf. Spavin.]


  1. Sparrow

    The sparrows are a family of small passerine birds, Passeridae. They are also known as true sparrows, or Old World sparrows, names also used for a genus of the family Passer. They are distinct from both the American sparrows, in the family Emberizidae, and from a few other birds sharing their name, such as the Java Sparrow of the family Estrildidae. Many species nest on buildings, and the House and Eurasian Tree Sparrows in particular inhabit cities in large numbers, so sparrows may be the most familiar of all wild birds. They are primarily seed-eaters, though they also consume small insects. Some species scavenge for food around cities and, like gulls or Rock Doves, will happily eat virtually anything in small quantities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sparrow

    spar′ō, n. an Old World genus of birds of fringilline family.—ns. Sparr′ow-bill, a small shoe-nail, so called from its shape—also Spar′able; Sparr′ow-grass, asparagus; Sparr′ow-hawk, a genus of long-legged, short-winged falcons, like the goshawks, but smaller.—adj. Sparr′ow-tail (see Swallow-tail). [A.S. spearwa; Goth. sparwa, Ice. spörr, Ger. sper-ling.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sparrow in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sparrow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of sparrow in a Sentence

  1. Eric Berne:

    The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.

  2. Henry David Thoreau:

    I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.

  3. Resident Yoshiko Fujino:

    He's like a family member - he's very comforting. It's fun, coming home to a sparrow, my grandchildren have grown up, and there's none who are still small, so I don't know how to say it clearly, but he's like a family member.

  4. Amber Heard:

    I saw a courtroom packed full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who were vocal, energized, this was the most humiliating and horrible thing I’ve ever been through. I’ve never felt more removed from my own humanity. I felt less than human.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    Not a whit, we defy augury: there's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all: since no man has aught of what he leaves, what is't to leave betimes?

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