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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 for cawing

screech, cackle, hoot, yap, squawk, boast, gloat, strut, growl, exclaim, shout, whoop, cheer, holler, coo, bark, grunt, shriek, scream, howl

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Contemporary Examples of cawing

Historical Examples of cawing

  • And in one tree sat a raven, beating his wings and cawing loudly.

  • I listened, and heard the cawing of rooks, the neighing of horses, and the lowing of cattle.

    The Birthright

    Joseph Hocking

  • At intervals they all rise in the air, and wheel about, all cawing at once.

  • So back they came, cawing at the top of their lungs, for they were very much excited.

    Blacky the Crow

    Thornton W. Burgess

  • Never had Blacky felt more like cawing at the top of his lungs.

    Blacky the Crow

    Thornton W. Burgess


British Dictionary definitions for cawing

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 for caw

C16: of imitative origin

CAW

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

caw

n.

1660s, from caw (v.).

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caw

v.

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

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