Titmouse Definition

tĭtmous
titmice
noun
titmice
Any of a family (Paridae) of small passerine birds found throughout the world except in South America and Australia, including the tufted titmouse and various chickadees.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
tit

Other Word Forms of Titmouse

Noun

Singular:
titmouse
Plural:
titmice, titmouses

Origin of Titmouse

  • From Middle English titmose, compound of tit (“small bird") and Old English māse (“titmouse"), from Proto-Germanic *maisÇ­ (compare Dutch mees, German Meise, Old Norse meisingr), from *maisaz (“tiny, puny") (compare Norwegian meis (“skinny weakling")). The plural is formed in imitation of the otherwise unrelated mouse.

    From Wiktionary

  • Alteration (influenced by mous mouse) of Middle English titmose tit- (probably from Old Norse tittr small peak, pin, titmouse) mose titmouse (from Old English māse)

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

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