Definition of finch in English:



  • A seed-eating songbird that typically has a stout bill and colourful plumage.

    • ‘Finches get bigger, fish gets smaller, but a finch is still a finch and a fish is still a fish.’
    • ‘Birdsong enters the cottage from front and back - blackbirds, robins, finches.’
    • ‘Their bills are slimmer than those of most finches.’
    • ‘In late summer and early fall, flocks of tiny finches and other seed-eating birds swoop in to graze among the spent blooms.’
    • ‘Sometimes they are called Painted finches, or Rainbow finches.’


Old English finc, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch vink and German Fink.