- the harsh, grating cry of the crow, raven, etc.
- to utter this cry or a similar sound.
Origin of caw
Related Words for cawingscreech, cackle, hoot, yap, squawk, boast, gloat, strut, growl, exclaim, shout, whoop, cheer, holler, coo, bark, grunt, shriek, scream, howl
Examples from the Web for cawing
Contemporary Examples of cawing
If your 11-year-old mocks you by making a cawing voice, upturn his dinner plate and mock his mocking voice.It’s Not Just the Vaccines. Jenny McCarthy’s New Book Offers More ‘Lessons’
April 28, 2014
I love the rainy windy days of fall when thousands of crows populate the near landscape, cawing and scowling.How I Write: Erik Larson Revisits ‘Isaac’s Storm’
October 31, 2012
Historical Examples of cawing
And in one tree sat a raven, beating his wings and cawing loudly.The Chinese Fairy Book
I listened, and heard the cawing of rooks, the neighing of horses, and the lowing of cattle.The Birthright
At intervals they all rise in the air, and wheel about, all cawing at once.Bird Stories from Burroughs
So back they came, cawing at the top of their lungs, for they were very much excited.
Never had Blacky felt more like cawing at the top of his lungs.
- the cry of a crow, rook, or raven
- (intr) to make this cry
Word Origin for caw
- Canadian Auto Workers (trade union)
1660s, from caw (v.).
"make a sound like a crow, raven, etc.," 1580s, imitative. Related: Cawed; cawing.