What does the word goldfinch mean?

Usage examples for goldfinch

  1. A goldfinch swung on a swaying hazel branch and looked at him with bright eyes, unafraid; a grass snake slid swiftly by- it was out on particular business of its own, so it was not afraid of Dickie nor he of it. – Harding's luck by E. [Edith] Nesbit
  2. She'll buy a dear little singing goldfinch and put him in a cage and hang him up in the window. – The Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie
  3. If I were a goldfinch, I think I should make my abode permanent in the sparrowless south. – The Cardinal's Snuff-Box by Henry Harland