Definition of give someone the bird in English:

give someone the bird


  • 1Boo or jeer at someone.

    • ‘And while mobile phone tunes may already give you the bird, it could be worse, South suggests.’
    • ‘A guy misses a match - for his own reasons no doubt, that is not a justification to give him the bird.’
    • ‘I have an aversion to sites which literally give you the bird on the front page, so I didn't linger.’
    1. 1.1North American
      • ‘Residents and shoppers in Rayleigh have been given the bird after council plans to try and deter pigeons from the town centre were abandoned.’
      • ‘Maybe when Ron Sims gets on a bus to promote yet another tax increase for transportation the driver can give him the bird in the spirit of political free speech.’
      • ‘Ever since I graduated, in 1977, people have never tired of giving me the bird.’
      • ‘It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as “giving the bird”.’
      • ‘I smiled to myself as I watched her start spluttering and yelling after the car and giving him the bird.’