from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various birds of the family Corvidae found worldwide, having a long graduated tail and black, blue, or green plumage with white markings and noted for their chattering call. The species Pica pica, the black-billed magpie, is widespread in the Northern Hemisphere. Also called pie2.
- n. Any of various birds resembling the magpie, such as the Australian bell magpie of the family Cracticidae.
- n. A person who chatters.
- n. One who compulsively collects or hoards small objects.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of several kinds of bird in the family Corvidae, especially Pica pica.
- n. A superficially similar Australian bird, Gymnorhina tibicen.
- n. Someone who displays a magpie-like quality such as collecting, or committing robbery.
- n. Fan or member of Newcastle United F.C.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of the genus Pica and related genera, allied to the jays, but having a long graduated tail.
- n. Any one of several black-and-white birds, such as Gymnorhina tibicen, not belonging to the genus Pica.
- n. A talkative person; a chatterbox.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A well-known bird of Europe, Asia, and America, of the genus Pica and family Corvidœ; the Pica pica, P. rustica, P. caudata, or P. hudsonica.
- n. The magpie-shrike.
- n. A halfpenny.
- n. A bishop: so called from the black and white of his robes.
- n. Among British marksmen, a shot striking that division of the target which is next to the outermost when the target is divided into four sections: so called because the markers indicate this hit by means of a black and white disk.
- n. A breed of small domesticated pigeons having the head, the under side of the body, and the long flight-feathers white, and the rest of the plumage clear black, red, yellow, or blue: the line between the two colors should be sharply defined. The name is derived from the suggestion of a magpie found in the black-and-white variety.
- n. A black-and-white costume for women in which the contrasts are very marked, the masses of color being large.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. long-tailed black-and-white crow that utters a raucous chattering call
- n. someone who collects things that have been discarded by others
- n. an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker
And I've written now five new life poems, and I'm going to read you one of what I call magpie translations, because the magpie is a thief, and I'm appropriating Joseph Brodsky's imagery, but making it my own.
Storm teased her over what he termed her magpie mind, which picked up snippets of information to store for future airing.
GRANT: The magpie is quiet, so Jess Relton asks a favor.
She opted to automatically add the tag magpie to identify tweets from advertisers.
Some people are having a hard time dealing with its intimations of bad luck; the magpie is oblivious, its wings fully flung as if about to leap into flight, its beak dark and glittery, unaware it’s an omen of any kind.
A magpie is a very talkative and intelligent bird, which is even capable of imitating sounds.
I've started a new Margaret Pie aka magpie as per my take on her from the Charles de lint book Some place to be flying.
Rose realized that the woman's name was probably ironic; a magpie was a garrulous bird, but this one spoke only briefly.
The magpie was the first pet of her own she had ever had, and she loved it.
For the magpie is the cleverest bird of all at building nests.