wryneck [rahy-nek] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- any of several small Old World climbing birds of the subfamily Jynginae, of the woodpecker family, noted for the peculiar habit of twisting the head and neck.
The wryneck was thought to build the nest, and hatch and feed the young of the cuckoo.
“That can be nothing else but a wryneck,” said Jimmy, noticing its movement.
George Christopher Davies
At most seasons of the year the wryneck is a remarkably silent bird.
Like very many other migrants, the wryneck does not appear to be powerful on the wing.
The wryneck is as retiring in disposition as the sparrow is obtrusive.
British Dictionary definitions for wryneck wryneck noun
- either of two cryptically coloured Old World woodpeckers, Jynx torquilla or J. ruficollis, which do not drum on trees
- another name for torticollis
- informal a person who has a twisted neck
wryneck in Medicine wryneck [rī′nĕk′] n.