from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that babbles.
  • noun Any of numerous songbirds of the family Timaliidae, found mostly in tropical and subtropical Southeast Asian and African forests.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who babbles; an idle talker; an irrational prater; one who says things heedlessly or mischievously.
  • noun In ornithology: A name of various old-world dentirostral oscine passerine birds more or less nearly related to thrushes. plural The family Timaliidæ or subfamily Timaliinæ of Turdiæ, an uncertain group of generally short-winged and short-tailed birds, definable by no common characters.
  • noun In hunting, a dog that yelps or gives tongue too much when in the field.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An idle talker; an irrational prater; a teller of secrets.
  • noun A hound too noisy on finding a good scent.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A name given to any one of a family (Timalinæ) of thrushlike birds, having a chattering note.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone who babbles.
  • noun Any of several passerine birds, of the families Timaliidae (found in Asia, Africa) and Pomatostomidae (found in Australia).
  • noun dated A hound who is too noisy on finding a good scent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various insectivorous Old World birds with a loud incessant song; in some classifications considered members of the family Muscicapidae
  • noun an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker


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  • Here's some of what the Century has to say about its use in ornithology: "It contains a great number of birds not satisfactorily located elsewhere, and has been called 'the ornithological waste-basket.'"

    September 27, 2011