- any of several jaylike corvids, passerine birds characterized by black-and-white coloring, a long, tapering tail, and a habit of noisy chattering
- a person who chatters
- a person who collects odds and ends
Origin of magpie; from Mag, diminutive of Margaret + pie
- Any of various birds of the family Corvidae having a long tail and black, blue, or green plumage with white markings, and noted for their chattering call, especially Pica hudsonia, of western North America, and P. pica, of Eurasia and Africa. Also called pie2.
- Any of various birds that resemble the magpie.
- A person who chatters.
- One who compulsively collects or hoards small objects.
Origin of magpieMag, a name used in proverbs about chatterers (a nickname for Margaret) + pie2.
From Mag, a nickname for Margaret that was used to denote a chatterer, and pie, an archaic word meaning "magpie", from Old French pie, from Latin pica, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peik- (“woodpecker, magpie").
- (soccer) someone connected with Newcastle United Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
- (soccer) someone connected with Notts County Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
- (Australian rules football) someone connected with Collingwood Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
- (rugby league) someone connected, or formerly connected with the Western Suburbs Magpies, as a fan, player, coach etc.