Definitions

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  • n. A male robin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The male European robin, Erythacus rubecula. The name is most familiar in a nursery rime.

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Examples

  • Lyveden was about to commit his dispatch to the posting-box -- in fact, his hand was outstretched -- when, to the amazement of a cock-robin who frequented the pillar for company's sake, and had seen more letters posted than there were feathers upon his back, he hesitated, exclaimed, stared at the letter with knitted brow, and then thrust it back into his pocket.

    Anthony Lyveden

  • When he posted his letter at a quarter to eight, the cock-robin, who had been brooding over his late transilience, was greatly relieved.

    Anthony Lyveden

  • And as he stood looking up at his tall visitors, head on one side, he reminded them of nothing so much as a sleek cock-robin who had just dined to his taste.

    The House of Toys

  • You have not seen the good folks who live here, only the old colored man who pretended that he was going to kill cock-robin, and didn't.

    Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great

  • She is the Jenny Wren of this little cock-robin; she wears drab, too often mourning; but you find that she counts for very much with Tom.

    In a Green Shade A Country Commentary

  • When the cock-robin makes love he is the same considerate, deferential, but insinuating gallant.

    The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton

  • The cock-robin does not go to his parents, and the hen robin to her parents, and say, 'Give us all the straw you can, and put it down at the foot of our tree; but don't dare to peep into the branches, or offer us any suggestions about the nest, or expect to have an opinion about our housekeeping.'

    The Squire of Sandal-Side A Pastoral Romance

  • She gives a long list of birds, who are to attend at his funeral, from which our nursery story of cock-robin may be taken.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2) With an Introduction upon Ancient Humour

  • He in her shadow changes from a beaming cock-robin to an inquisitive sparrow.

    Ordeal of Richard Feverel — Volume 4

  • 'Bearing himself like a sensible, pugnacious cock-robin?

    Dynevor Terrace: or, the clue of life — Volume 1

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