Synonyms for perched

MOST RELEVANT

Antonyms for perched

MOST RELEVANT
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PERCHED

Linda perched the hat on her head, pulled it down securely, and faced Katy.

There was a copy of Romeo and Juliet perched on top of a pile of books.

There ahead of him, perched on the cliff, at the foot of which the river flowed, was the sanitarium.

We two, perched on the haystack, did not take the words at all with a kindly meaning.

Mrs. Bascom perched on one of the lower steps of the iron stairs.

Mr. Keeler perched his small figure on the corner of the kitchen table.

June nodded from where she perched on a high stool across the table.

The low stone houses are perched on the hillsides, and the streets are irregular.

While speaking, he perched her on his shoulder, as was a favorite custom with him.

The turret in which Dr. Frank and I now stood was perched here.

WORD ORIGIN

"where a bird rests," late 13c., originally only "a pole, rod, stick, stake," from Old French perche "unit of linear measurement" (5.5 yards), also "measuring rod, pole, bar" used to measure this length (13c.), from Latin pertica "pole, long staff, measuring rod," related to Oscan perek "pole," Umbrian perkaf "twigs, rods." Meaning "a bar fixed horizontally for a hawk or tame bird to rest on" is attested from late 14c.; this led to general sense of "any thing that any bird alights or rests on" (late 15c.). Figurative sense of "an elevated or secure position" is recorded from 1520s. The "land-measuring rod" sense also was in Middle English (c.1200), hence surviving meaning "measure of land equal to a square lineal perch" (usually 160 to the acre), mid-15c.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.