Definitions of dabchick

  1. small European grebe
  2. A small water bird ( Podilymbus podiceps), allied to the grebes, remarkable for its quickness in diving; - called also dapchick, dobchick, dipchick, didapper, dobber, devil- diver, hell- diver, and pied- billed grebe.
  3. A small water fowl that dives or dabbles in the water.
  4. A small water- fowl, so called from its quick diving habits.

Usage examples for dabchick

  1. A damp, rheumatic place, she said to herself, although she loved the river; and its backwaters, full of wild duck and dabchick and the moorhens, were enchanting places. – Love of Brothers by Katharine Tynan
  2. The water was still troubled and discoloured by his introductory adventure, and, though he ducked his head with the spirit of a dabchick, the book was missing. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. Gwenwynwyn gazed long, of his senses in doubt, To see the grey friar a diver so stout; Then sadly and slowly his castle he sought, And left the friar diving, like dabchick distraught. – Crotchet-Castle by Peacock, Thomas Love
  4. She is called the Little Grebe, or sometimes, by her intimate friends, the Dabchick. – Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad by Various
  5. " Very well, my love," says the dutiful Dabchick. – Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad by Various
  6. The dabchick, a slender bird, haunts the pond here too, diving even more quickly than the moorhen. – Wild Life in a Southern County by Richard Jefferies