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

  • adjective Resembling a bird.

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

  • adjective Similar to a bird
  • adjective Similar to that of a bird; as, a birdlike song, birdlike eyes
  • adverb postpositive In the manner of a bird; as, to fly birdlike


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

bird +‎ -like


  • Some words are ambiguously hyphenated in the original, for example compare "birdlike" (page 40) with "bird-like" (page 383).

    The Guests Of Hercules

  • He was muttering incessantly to himself, as if delighted at having found his tongue, his head swaying on his shoulders, and a strange murmur, soft, birdlike, meaningless, like sounds heard from a vast distance, coming from his wide-open mouth.

    Vandover and the Brute

  • Agatha is small, and kind of birdlike, and she carries her purse around and shows you where everything is.

    Maureen's Blog

  • a little still, but gay, with a kind of birdlike detachment; "_le grand-père_" stocky, wooden, planting his huge feet rather wide apart and regarding his companion, the frosted trees, and the whole wide world, with his humorous stare.


  • "I thought perhaps on my home planet I was some kind of birdlike creature.

    TrekWeb - Browse, Bicker, and Boldly Go (Star Trek)

  • But this creature did not care who saw him or his strange, birdlike legs; his only garment was a glittering armored mesh that covered his torso, leaving his head and limbs bare.

    End of Time

  • And their ship-burner daughters with their passing-sweet voices, virgin and birdlike, but only spoken of in pale phrases by the few sailors who have heard them and lived— I was one of them once.

    their ship-burner daughters

  • It screeched, a contained, very birdlike squawk, and chills spread up my arm.

    Darkness Becomes Her

  • He knew that whatever she did — her quick generosities, her hot enthusiasms or angers, her birdlike caressing ways — was unbelievably sincere.


  • Hap noticed that one of the long, birdlike toes was missing.

    End of Time


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