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caw

[kaw] /kɔ/
noun
1.
the harsh, grating cry of the crow, raven, etc.
verb (used without object)
2.
to utter this cry or a similar sound.
Origin of caw
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; imitative
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  • And in one tree sat a raven, beating his wings and cawing loudly.

  • I listened, and heard the cawing of rooks, the neighing of horses, and the lowing of cattle.

    The Birthright Joseph Hocking
  • At intervals they all rise in the air, and wheel about, all cawing at once.

  • So back they came, cawing at the top of their lungs, for they were very much excited.

    Blacky the Crow Thornton W. Burgess
  • Never had Blacky felt more like cawing at the top of his lungs.

    Blacky the Crow Thornton W. Burgess
  • But, till that happy time, take my advice, and submit to the cawing.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys Anthony Trollope
  • Their cawing was so constant, that she become superstitious, and declared she could not stand it.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
  • The rooks were cawing and wheeling about the tree-tops, settling for the night.

British Dictionary definitions for cawing

caw

/kɔː/
noun
1.
the cry of a crow, rook, or raven
verb
2.
(intransitive) to make this cry
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin

CAW

abbreviation
1.
Canadian Auto Workers (trade union)
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Word Origin and History for cawing

caw

n.

1660s, from caw (v.).

caw

v.

"make a sound like a crow, raven, etc.," 1580s, imitative. Related: Cawed; cawing.

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