From Old English finċ, from Proto-Germanic *funkiz, *funkjon (compare Dutch vink, German Fink), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pingos (“chaffinch”) (compare Welsh pinc (“finch”), Ancient Greek σπίγγος (spingos, “chaffinch”), Russian пенка (pénka, “wren”), Sanskrit फिङ्गक (phiṅgaka, “drongo, shrike”)).
- Rhymes: -ɪntʃ
finch (plural finches)
- Any bird of the family Fringillidae, seed-eating passerine birds, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and usually having a conical beak.
- To hunt for finches, to go finching.