from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird raised or cared for in the home; hence, a child nurtured at home, and under home influences.


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  • His aunt must have been a stranger to Calliopus (well, she had told me she was a home-bird), whereas Hanno would certainly have been well known to him.

    Two For The Lions

  • It is the difference between a flirt and a "home-bird," between one who flits about on a score of fancies, and one who settles down in the solid satisfaction of a supreme affection.

    My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

  • She was quite the home-bird of the family, and liked nothing better than taking her work and sitting by the hour, quietly talking to her mother.

    On the Pampas

  • 'We think that this one,' laying his hand on Alda's arm, 'will value these advantages, and is not quite such a home-bird as her sister.

    The Pillars of the House, V1

  • 'And that after all Amy would be the home-bird,' said Charles.

    The Heir of Redclyffe

  • You will think me a hard practical man when I own to you, that all I expect from Leonard's remaining a home-bird is that, with such a mother, it will do him no harm.


  • I'm a bit of a mixed personality-so part of me is Rosa, who loves dashing about, attempting to change the world and being far too outspoken, and part of me is Mariella, a home-bird, quite domestic and shy and worried about doing the wrong thing.


  • I think I would have to say york, purely because I love York city and am more local to that (bit of a home-bird! not that hull is that further away)

    NMM - UK Medical School Forums

  • _ "Such is the reward of the" home-bird, "the settled friend of the Lord.

    My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year


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