Wagtail

/ˈwaɡteɪl/

Origin

First recorded in 1500–10; wag + tail1 (Source: dictionary.com)

Definitions of Wagtail

Wagtail

noun

  1. any of numerous small, chiefly Old World birds of the family Motacillidae, having a slender body with a long, narrow tail that is habitually wagged up and down.
  2. any of several similar birds, as the water thrushes of the genus Seiurus.
  3. any of various passerine songbirds of the genera Motacilla and Dendronanthus, of Eurasia and Africa, having a very long tail that wags when the bird walks: family Motacillidae

dictionary.com

Wagtail

noun

  1. A slender Eurasian and African songbird with a long tail that is frequently wagged up and down, typically living by water.

lexico.com

Wagtail

noun

  1. : any of various chiefly Old World oscine birds (family Motacillidae) related to the pipits and having a long tail that they habitually jerk up and down

merriam-webster.com

Example sentences for Wagtail

  1. The careless gesture reminded him of the matchless grace of the wagtail.
  2. Wagtail and Gelid had followed me on deck, and were now assisting their servants in putting the muskets in order.
  3. Wagtail, too, was soon 98 obliged to beat a retreat, but Gelid remained firm as a rock.
  4. The ceaseless wagging of a wagtail is a mere habit of cheerfulness, like the twirling of her thumbs by an idle Scotswoman.
  5. A dull-coloured bird like a wagtail in shape, but with a shorter tail, which it sometimes wags in a half-hearted manner.

Nearby words

wagon seat , wagon soldier , wagon train , wagon vault , Wagram , Wagyu , Wahhabi , Wahhabism , Wahiawa , wahine

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