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caw

[kaw]
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noun
  1. the harsh, grating cry of the crow, raven, etc.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to utter this cry or a similar sound.
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Origin of caw

First recorded in 1580–90; imitative
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Related Words

groan, wail, roar, outcry, whine, shout, whistle, cheer, chatter, clamor, grunt, shriek, scream, howl, screech, cackle, hoot, yap, squawk, boast

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British Dictionary definitions for caw

caw

noun
  1. the cry of a crow, rook, or raven
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verb
  1. (intr) to make this cry
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Word Origin

C16: of imitative origin

CAW

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

v.

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

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n.

1660s, from caw (v.).

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