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daw

[daw] /dɔ/
noun
1.
2.
Obsolete. simpleton; fool.
Origin of daw
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English dawe; compare Old High German taha
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  • He who is connected with a "daw," or drab, has many troubles to put up with.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • 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 Anthony Hope
  • Quhat better is the house that the daw rises in the morning.

  • Under the circumstances Mr. daw changed his plans immediately.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester
  • Mr. daw himself, even as he showed the assay, admired it over and over.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester
  • Mr. daw was very loath to let Mr. Gilman go home after this announcement.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester
  • daw has gone, and without leaving me any word,” quavered Gilman.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester
  • “Not and do business with strangers on Broadway,” daw explained.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester
  • "Don't make me fuss with you, J. Rufus," admonished Mr. daw.

    Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford George Randolph Chester
British Dictionary definitions for daw

daw

/dɔː/
noun
1.
an archaic, dialect, or poetic name for a jackdaw
Word Origin
C15: related to Old High German taha
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Word Origin and History for daw
n.

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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