caw

[kaw]

noun

the harsh, grating cry of the crow, raven, etc.

verb (used without object)

to utter this cry or a similar sound.

Origin of caw

First recorded in 1580–90; imitative
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caw

noun

the cry of a crow, rook, or raven

verb

(intr) to make this cry

Word Origin for caw

C16: of imitative origin

CAW

abbreviation for

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.

n.

1660s, from caw (v.).

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