any of various small, short-beaked, seed-eating passerine birds (esp. family Fringillidae), including redpolls, canaries, crossbills, goldfinches, and chaffinches
Origin of finchMiddle English ; from Old English finc, akin to German fink ; from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form (s)pingo-, chirping bird from source Welsh pink, Classical Greek spingos, finch
- Any of various birds of the family Fringillidae, including the goldfinches, siskins, and canaries, having a short stout bill used for cracking seeds.
- Any of various birds of the families Cardinalidae and Emberizidae, including the sparrows, cardinals, and grosbeaks, having a similar bill.
Origin of finchMiddle English, from Old English finc.
- A surname.