or cock crow·ing

[kok-kroh or kok-kroh-ing]


the time at which a cock characteristically crows; daybreak; dawn.

Origin of cockcrow

1350–1400; Middle English. See cock1, crow2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cockcrow

daybreak, dawning, morning, morn, sunup, sunrise

Examples from the Web for cockcrow

Historical Examples of cockcrow

  • When he wakes at cockcrow the revellers are nearly all asleep.

  • She was in the habit of waking them early in the morning, at cockcrow.

  • As for sleep, never at cockcrow was I more wakeful than at this moment to-night.

    Christmas Light

    Ethel Calvert Phillips

  • This morning, too, I arose (joyous and full of love) at cockcrow.

    Poor Folk

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • The epistles shall be ready by night, and you shall ride at cockcrow.

    Pabo, The Priest

    Sabine Baring-Gould

British Dictionary definitions for cockcrow




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