warbler

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warble +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

warbler (plural warblers)

  1. Any of various small passerine songbirds, especially of the family Sylviidae (Old World warblers) and Parulidae (New World warblers).
  2. One who warbles.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Tickell
      In lulling strains the feathered warblers woo.
    • 2012, Joe Bonomo, Conversations with Greil Marcus (page 87)
      And it looked like at first she was just another pop warbler, and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a great record, but nothing threatening, nothing strange.
  3. (Britain, slang) A hissy fit.

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