any of a genus (Vanellus) of black-and-white plovers; esp., an Old World crested species (V. vanellus) with broad, rounded wings, noted for spectacular aerial displays
Origin of lapwingMiddle English lapwinge, altered (by folk etymology , by associated, association with lappe, lap and amp; wing, wing) ; from Old English hleapewince ; from hleapan, to leap + wince ; from wincian (see wink): probably so called from its irregular flight
Any of several medium-sized shorebirds of the widely distributed genus Vanellus, having distinctive deep wing beats, especially the northern lapwing.
Origin of lapwingBy folk etymology from Middle English lapwink, hoopoe, lapwing, from Old English hl&emacron;apewince : hl&emacron;apan, to leap + *wincan, to waver.
From Old English hlÄ“apewince, from hlÄ“apan (“to leap") + *winc- ("sway, totter") (because of its manner of flight). The modern form is influenced by popular etymology.