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verb (used without object)
  1. to utter this cry or a similar sound.

Origin of caw

First recorded in 1580–90; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for caw


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

Word Origin for caw

C16: of imitative origin


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

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


1660s, from caw (v.).

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