Definition of titmouse in English:

titmouse

noun

  • another term for tit
    • ‘Surely there was gaiety in summer, but for now, gray titmice moved close to the ground, almost silent, probably killing the insects who only wanted to sleep until spring.’
    • ‘Perhaps our best birder poet, he has written memorably about chickadees, towhees, titmice, owls, great blue herons, pelicans, kingfishers, and many others, always effacing himself before the glory of the thing seen.’
    • ‘As soon as the jays leave, the titmice take turns.’
    • ‘A mockingbird sang nonstop, sometimes making up his own phrases, sometimes mimicking a bluebird, sometimes mimicking a titmouse.’
    • ‘Chickadees called occasionally, but never titmice.’

Origin

Middle English: from tit + obsolete mose ‘titmouse’. The change in the ending in the 16th century was due to association with mouse, probably because of the bird's size and quick movements.

Pronunciation:

titmouse

/ˈtɪtmaʊs/