Magpie definition

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One who compulsively collects or hoards small objects.
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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.
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A person who chatters.
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A person who collects odds and ends.
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Any of several jaylike corvids characterized by black-and-white coloring, a long, tapering tail, and a habit of noisy chattering.
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A person who chatters.
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One of several kinds of bird in the family Corvidae, especially Pica pica.
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A superficially similar Australian bird, Gymnorhina tibicen.
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Someone who displays a magpie-like quality such as collecting, or committing robbery.
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(slang) Fan or member of Newcastle United F.C.
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(soccer) Someone connected with Newcastle United Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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(soccer) Someone connected with Notts County Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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(Australian rules football) Someone connected with Collingwood Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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(rugby league) Someone connected, or formerly connected with the Western Suburbs Magpies, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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Any of various birds that resemble the magpie.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
magpie
Plural:
magpies

Origin of magpie

  • Mag a name used in proverbs about chatterers (a nickname for Margaret) pie

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary