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[wawr-bler] /ˈwɔr blər/
any of several small, chiefly Old World songbirds of the subfamily Sylviidae.
Compare blackcap (def 1), reed warbler.
Also called wood warbler. any of numerous small New World songbirds of the family Parulidae, many species of which are brightly colored.
Compare yellow warbler.
a person or thing that warbles.
Origin of warbler
1605-15; warble1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She must have told her that dozens of species of warbler—all little and bright, with voices like flutes—came north every spring.

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British Dictionary definitions for warbler


a person or thing that warbles
any small active passerine songbird of the Old World subfamily Sylviinae: family Muscicapidae. They have a cryptic plumage and slender bill and are arboreal insectivores
Also called wood warbler. any small bird of the American family Parulidae, similar to the Old World forms but often brightly coloured
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Word Origin and History for warbler

agent noun from warble (v.). Applied to Old World songbirds by 1773 and to North American birds that look like them but sing little by 1783.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for warbler

want out

verb phrase

To want no association or involvement with: want out of this stupid town

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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