Meaning of “chaffinch” in the English Dictionary


"chaffinch" in English

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chaffinchnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʃæf.ɪntʃ/ us /ˈtʃæf.ɪntʃ/

Examples from literature

  • Every four or five minutes a chaffinch sings close by, and another fills the interval near the gateway. 
  • How curious is the structure of the nest of the goldfinch or chaffinch! 
  • The chaffinches called cheerfully on the plum-trees and sang in the early morning. 
  • The daisies and the dandelions were still tightly shut, and in the hedgerow a half-awakened chaffinch hopped from twig to twig, too sleepy to chirrup. 
  • Wherever a group of other trees rose amid the firs, the loud chirp of the chaffinch was heard, or the eager twitter of some little newly-wedded birds, disputing about the position of their nest. 

(Definition of “chaffinch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)