GPB Dictionary of Collective Nouns

Dictionary of collective nouns

We have collected here a huge number of collective nouns, as a reference and for those seeking some light entertainment, if this is how you like to get it. They all follow the format “A/An [X] of [Y].

We have categorised these nouns into separate boxes in this order: Humans, Birds, Other Animals, and objects.

*Indicates that there is a book with this name.

Sources include (with thanks):

https://www.backyardchirper.com/blog/collective-nouns-for-groups-of-various-birds/

Group: Humans

Politicians

Lawyers

Bankers

Estate Agents

Barbers

Butchers

Police

Experts

Economists

Listeners

Builders

Architects

Actors

Comedians

Grammarians

Jurors

Doctors

Nurses

Dermatologists

Dentists

Impressionists

Nuns

Witches

Lawyers

Heroin Addicts

Animal Lovers

TV critics

Hypocrites

Pardoners

People

People (continued)

Girls

Boys

Uncles, Aunties

Parents

Mothers

Fathers

Grandparents 

Children

Heirs   

Wives 

Husbands

Patients

 

Group: Birds

Chickens, Geese….

Crows

Geese

Finches

Lapwings

Owls      

Peacocks

Pheasant, Grouse

Partridge, Guinea Fowl

Ravens 

Starlings

Starlings (continued)

 

Group: Other animals:

Apes

Ants

Bacteria

Bats

Bees, Wasps

Cats

Cats (continued)

Crocodiles

Ferrets

Flies

Hippopotami

Lions

Locusts

Jellyfish

Baboons

Gorillas 

Tigers

Daisy, Buttercup, Patch…

Cows, Antelopes, Bison

 Elephants…

Ants, Bees, Eels, Flies

Gnats, Rats…

 

Group: Objects:

Aeroplanes

Buildings

Ships, Boats

Drinks, Beer

 

Collective Noun

Equivocation

Eloquence

Immorality

Irrelevance

Babble

Goring

Posse, Squad

Panel, Excess, Discord

Surplus

Audience

Gang

Square 

Cast, Queue, Company…

Gaggle, Riot

Conjunction

Damning

Doctrine, Affliction

Superfluity

Rash

Brace

Blur

Prey, murmur, flap, superfluity

Coven

Deceit, blood-letting

Smack

Hypocracy (not Hypocrisy)

Irrelevance

Decortication

Lying

Community, Group, Board

Family, Crowd, Team

Bevy, Gaggle, Giggle

Plush, Rascal

Irreverence

Embarrassment, Persistence

Consternation

Garage

Nag, Wisdom 

Cost Centre, Chaos, Ingratitude

Expectation

Impatience (!)

Unhappiness (!)

Sick, Ward, Waiting Room

 

Collective Noun

Flock

Murder, Mob, Horde

Gaggle

Charm (*of Goldfinches)

Deceit

Parliament

Ostentation

Brace (two)

Brace (two)

Conspiracy*, Unkindness*

Murmuration, Constellation

Scourge, Affliction

 

Collective Noun

Shrewdness

Army, Swarm

Colony, Culture

Colony

Colony, Swarm

Clowder, Litter, Pounce

Kindle, Colony (wild)

Float

Business

Business

Bloat

Pride

Plague

Smack

Flange

Whoop

Ambush*

Cows

Herd

Herd

Swarm

Swarm

 

Collective Noun

Squadron

Set, Cluster, Town, City, Village

Fleet, Armada, Flotilla

Round

 


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