Definitions of dabchick

  1. 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.
  2. A small water fowl that dives or dabbles in the water.
  3. A small water- fowl, so called from its quick diving habits.

Usage examples for dabchick

  1. She is called the Little Grebe, or sometimes, by her intimate friends, the Dabchick. – Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad by Various
  2. 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
  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. " Very well, my love," says the dutiful Dabchick. – Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad by Various
  5. 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
  6. 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