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.
(third-person singular simple present finches, present participle finching, simple past and past participle finched)
- To hunt for finches, to go finching.
From Old English finċ, from Proto-Germanic *funkiz, *funkjon (compare Dutch vink, German Fink), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pingos (“chaffinch”) (compare Welsh pinc (“finch”), Ancient Greek σπίγγος (spingos, “chaffinch”), Russian пенка (pénka, “wren”), Sanskrit फिङ्गक (phiṅgaka, “drongo, shrike”)).