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



BrE BrE//ˈmæɡpaɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæɡpaɪ//
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a black and white bird with a long tail and a noisy cry. There is a popular belief that magpies like to steal small bright objects. See related entries: Birds Word Originlate 16th cent.: probably shortening of dialect maggot the pie, maggoty-pie, from Magot (Middle English pet form of the given name Marguerite) + pie, used in the naming of birds.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: magpie