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From Mag, a nickname for Margaret that was used to denote a chatterer, and pie, an archaic word meaning "magpie", from Old French pie, from Latin pīca, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peyk- (woodpecker, magpie).


  • IPA(key): /ˈmæɡˌpaɪ/
  • Hyphenation: mag‧pie


magpie (plural magpies)

  1. One of several kinds of bird in the family Corvidae
    1. especially Pica pica.
  2. A superficially similar Australian bird, Gymnorhina tibicen or Cracticus tibicen.
  3. Someone who displays a magpie-like quality such as hoarding or stealing objects.
  4. (slang) A fan or member of Newcastle United F.C.
  5. (military, firearms) The 3rd circle on a target, between the inner and outer.
  6. (Britain, slang, obsolete) A halfpenny.


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