birdlike

[burd-lahyk]
adjective
having the appearance or characteristics of a bird, as quickness, lightness, fragility, etc.: birdlike gestures.

Origin:
1580–90; bird + -like

unbirdlike, adjective
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bird (bɜːd)
 
n
1.  any warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate of the class Aves, characterized by a body covering of feathers and forelimbs modified as wings. Birds vary in size between the ostrich and the humming birdRelated: avian, ornithic
2.  informal a person (usually preceded by a qualifying adjective, as in the phrases rare bird, odd bird, clever bird)
3.  slang chiefly (Brit) a girl or young woman, esp one's girlfriend
4.  slang prison or a term in prison (esp in the phrase do bird; shortened from birdlime, rhyming slang for time)
5.  a bird in the hand something definite or certain
6.  informal the bird has flown the person in question has fled or escaped
7.  euphemistic, jocular or the birds and the bees sex and sexual reproduction
8.  birds of a feather people with the same characteristics, ideas, interests, etc
9.  informal get the bird
 a.  to be fired or dismissed
 b.  (esp of a public performer) to be hissed at, booed, or derided
10.  informal give someone the bird to tell someone rudely to depart; scoff at; hiss
11.  kill two birds with one stone to accomplish two things with one action
12.  like a bird without resistance or difficulty
13.  a little bird a (supposedly) unknown informant: a little bird told me it was your birthday
14.  informal for the birds, strictly for the birds deserving of disdain or contempt; not important
 
Related: avian, ornithic
 
[Old English bridd, of unknown origin]
 
'birdlike
 
adj

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Example sentences
Now it reverberates with the children's incongruently birdlike predestruction
  chatter.
She folds her birdlike hands on the tabletop, pleased.
Paleontologists have found their sleeping beauty: the first dinosaur fossil
  discovered in a birdlike sleeping pose.
Then rumors began to circulate about strange dinosaurs covered with birdlike
  feathers.
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