the crop of a bird or insect.
the stomach of an animal.


    stick in one's craw, to cause considerable or abiding resentment; rankle: She said I was pompous, and that really stuck in my craw.

Origin of craw

1350–1400; Middle English crawe, probably akin to crag2
Can be confusedcraw crowcraw crawl Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for craw

stomach, intestines, crop, abdomen

Examples from the Web for craw

Contemporary Examples of craw

Historical Examples of craw

  • The seed came from the craw of a wild swan that they had shot.

  • Something stuck in his craw, and he couldn't figure out what it was.

    The Bramble Bush

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Colonel Craw sent me a letter to this effect, which I treated as it deserved.

    The Fatal Boots

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • "He ain't got the sand in his craw to make a killing," said one of the listeners.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • "Just the same, he's got something in his craw," replied the sheriff.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

British Dictionary definitions for craw



a less common word for crop (def. 6)
the stomach of an animal
stick in one's craw or stick in one's throat informal to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe

Word Origin for craw

C14: related to Middle High German krage, Middle Dutch crāghe neck, Icelandic kragi collar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for craw

Old English *cræg "throat," a Germanic word (e.g. Middle Dutch craghe "neck, throat," Old High German chrago, German Kragen "collar, neck"), of obscure origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with craw


see stick in one's craw.

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