Definition of dabchick in US English:



  • A small grebe, especially the little grebe.

    Genera Tachybaptus and Podilymbus, family Podicipedidae: several species

    • ‘Binoculars are supplied so you can view the black teal, swans, dabchicks, ducks and even the spotless crake or elusive bittern.’
    • ‘At Vedanthangal one can sight glossy and white ibis, painted storks, grey pelicans, shovellors, garganey, whistling teals, Indian moorhen and dabchicks.’
    • ‘Swans were seen nesting and a dabchick had a flotilla of chicks behind her.’
    • ‘Smallest of the grebes, the little grebe, or dabchick, is considerably rounder and more dumpy than its congeners.’
    • ‘A good number of duck species such as dabchicks, garganey, pin-tailed, lesser whistling teal and shovellers arrive at the Appalangulam tank located inside the Guindy National Park.’
    • ‘There are stooping painted storks, immaculate spoonbills, small groups of dabchicks puttering about like busy little tugboats, and a pair of patrolling river terns, which I think are nesting on a mud-spit at the far side.’
    • ‘At least 12 birds, mostly chicks and dabchicks, living on the dam and its surrounds have died from the poisoning effects of the oil spill.’


Mid 16th century (as dapchick or dopchick): the first element is perhaps related to dip and deep.