Definition of lapwing noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlæpwɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæpwɪŋ//
(also peewit) Birds
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a black and white bird with a row of feathers (called a crest ) standing up on its head See related entries: Birds Word OriginOld English hlēapewince, from hlēapan ‘to leap’ and a base meaning ‘move from side to side’ (wink also comes from this word); so named because of the way it flies. The spelling was changed in Middle English by association with lap and wing.