Variant of partridge
nounpl. partridges or partridge
- any of a number of medium-sized, short-tailed gallinaceous birds (family Phasianidae), esp., an Old World species (Perdix perdix) with an orange-brown head, a grayish neck, and a rust-colored tail, now established in N U.S.
- any of various birds resembling the partridge, as the ruffed grouse
Origin of partridgeMiddle English partriche ; from Old French perdriz, earlier perdiz ; from Classical Latin perdix ; from Classical Greek probably akin toperdesthai, to break wind (; from Indo-European base an unverified form perd- from source fart): from whirring sound made by wings on rising to fly