Origin of lapwing
- By folk etymology from Middle English lapwink hoopoe, lapwing from Old English hlēapewince hlēapan to leap wincan to waver
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.