- Obsolete. simpleton; fool.
Origin of daw
1400–50; late Middle English dawe; compare Old High German taha
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Examples from the Web for daw
He who is connected with a "daw," or drab, has many troubles to put up with.The Proverbs of Scotland
When he getta his house he lock long tem at his daw, but was no answer.
All old Daw said was, “Do you know anything about her, policeman?”Mr. Witt's Widow
Quhat better is the house that the Daw rises in the morning.A Collection of Scotch Proverbs
Mr. Daw himself, even as he showed the assay, admired it over and over.Young Wallingford
George Randolph Chester
- an archaic, dialect, or poetic name for a jackdaw
C15: related to Old High German taha
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Word Origin and History for daw
early 15c., from Proto-Germanic *dakhwo (cf. Old High German taha, German Dohle), perhaps imitative of bird's cry. Medieval Latin tacula, Italian taccola are said to be Germanic loan words.
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