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

verb (used without object)

to utter this cry or a similar sound.

Nearby words

  1. cavosurface,
  2. cavosurface angle,
  3. cavour,
  4. cavum,
  5. cavy,
  6. cawdrey,
  7. cawley,
  8. cawnpore,
  9. caxias,
  10. caxias do sul

Origin of caw

First recorded in 1580–90; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cawing

British Dictionary definitions for cawing



the cry of a crow, rook, or raven


(intr) to make this cry

Word Origin for caw

C16: of imitative origin


abbreviation for

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