Definition of grebe in English:



  • A diving waterbird with a long neck, lobed toes, and almost no tail, typically having bright breeding plumage used in display.

    • ‘The Horned Grebe is a small grebe with a straight bill, thick neck, and squarish head.’
    • ‘The farm is also home to blue-winged teals, coots, grebes, and an occasional osprey or peregrine falcon.’
    • ‘Smallest of the grebes, the little grebe, or dabchick, is considerably rounder and more dumpy than its congeners.’
    • ‘The park has a really cool hawk tower where you can look down on the Olive Sparrows and ducks, grebes and herons on the water.’
    • ‘These incoming crowds are, in turn, boosting numbers of fish-eating birds, such as herons, kingfishers, and grebes.’


Mid 18th century: from French grèbe (term used in the Savoie region), of unknown origin.