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magpie

A magpie is a loud-voiced black and white bird. If someone calls you a magpie, you should probably quiet down.

The magpie is a distinctive looking bird, with glossy black and brilliant white markings. Its sound is nearly as striking, famously noisy and almost jarring. This has led to another meaning of magpie, "someone who talks obnoxiously." You might describe your chatterbox neighbor as a magpie — and the word itself comes from the nickname Mag, short for Margaret and commonly used in slang English to mean "idle chattering."

Definitions of magpie
  1. noun
    long-tailed black-and-white crow that utters a raucous chattering call
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    types:
    European magpie, Pica pica
    a common magpie of Eurasia
    American magpie, Pica pica hudsonia
    a magpie of Rocky Mountains in North America
    type of:
    corvine bird
    birds of the crow family
  2. noun
    an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker
    synonyms: babbler, chatterbox, chatterer, prater, spouter
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    type of:
    speaker, talker, utterer, verbaliser, verbalizer
    someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous)
  3. noun
    someone who collects things that have been discarded by others
    synonyms: pack rat, scavenger
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    type of:
    hoarder
    a person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use
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