- Obsolete. simpleton; fool.
Origin of daw
Examples from the Web for daws
Daws told the Post that he has no recollection of ever having spoken to Goodall—a conversation one imagines he would remember.Jane Goodall’s Troubling, Error-Filled New Book, ‘Seeds of Hope’
March 26, 2013
The world knew; his heart was on his sleeve for daws to peck at.The Music Master
We do not “wear our hearts” on our sleeve “for daws to peck at!”She and I, Volume 2
John Conroy Hutcheson
How they would chatter over it like a pair of daws in the same nest.Patsy
S. R. Crockett
"But not for daws to peck at—that is the heart," laughed Mr. Ayrton.Phyllis of Philistia
Frank Frankfort Moore
He had a warm heart, although he did not wear it on his sleeve for daws to peck at.McGill and its Story, 1821-1921
- an archaic, dialect, or poetic name for a jackdaw
Word Origin and History for daws
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.