from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A kestrel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The common kestrel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The kestrel; -- called also windbibber, windcuffer, windfanner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of hawk, the kestrel, Falco tinunculus or Tinnunculus alaudarius: so called from its hovering in the face of the wind. See kestrel. Also called windbibber, windcuffer, windfanner, windhawk, windsucker, vanner-hawk, staniel, etc.
wind + hover, due to this bird’s habit of beating the wind (hovering), compare earlier windfucker. First recorded 1674. (Wiktionary)