noun, plural (especially collectively) craw·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) craw·fish·es.
verb (used without object), craw·fished, craw·fish·ing.
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Origin of crawfish
Words nearby crawfish
What does crawfish mean?
The plural of crawfish can be crawfish or crawfishes. When used as a plural, crawfish typically refers to them collectively, while crawfishes usually refers to two or more kinds or species (but this isn’t always the case).
Crawfish aren’t fish—they’re shellfish. Other types of crustaceans include crabs, lobsters, and shrimp. There are several different species of both freshwater and saltwater crawfish. Freshwater ones are also referred to by the names crawdad and crawdaddy. Use of these terms varies by region.
Crawfish can also be used as an informal verb meaning to back out of something or retreat—like a crawfish retreating under a rock.
Example: When I was a kid, we used to catch crawfish in the creek.
Where does crawfish come from?
The first records of the word crawfish come from the 1600s. It comes from an alteration of the Middle English crevice, from the Middle French crevice, from the Old High German crebiz, meaning “crab.”
Crawfish are mostly small, lobster-like creatures. They’re decapods, meaning they have 10 walking legs.
The terms crawdad and crawdaddy are Americanisms, meaning they’re primarily used in the United States. But use of the terms varies by region. Crawdad and crawdaddy are most often used in Midwestern states and along the West Coast. Crawfish is the prevalent term in much of the South, whereas crayfish is the preferred term in the Northeast.
When crawfish is used as a slang verb, it’s typically used in a mildly negative way to indicate that someone is backing out of something they should do or take responsibility for, as in I was supposed to have more help with moving but a lot of my buddies crawfished out of it.
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How is crawfish used in real life?
People in different regions like to debate whether to use the term crayfish, crawfish, or crawdad.
Look what I just found! What do YOU call these? Crawdad, crawfish, crayfish, or mudbugs? pic.twitter.com/nO4MpVBR3U
— Colter Anstaett (@ColterAnstaett) May 25, 2020
if you don’t like crawfish, you’re wrong
— ivy belle🧚🏻♀️ (@ivybelleb) May 26, 2020
Most of y’all on here say, “it’s just a joke” because you want to crawfish out of a situation. Own up to your actual opinion😂
— katie 🌙 (@katiebugggg_) October 15, 2019
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Is crawfish used correctly in the following sentence?
I think I just saw two crawfish scurry under that rock.
Example sentences from the Web for crawfish
While resources are still available in the coast, Reyher says that where fish, shrimp, oysters and crawfish live and how they’re caught continues to change, placing a burden on those whose livelihood is staked on the setups they already have.As customers and coastlines disappear, a New Orleans chef fights for her community|Dayana Sarkisova|December 17, 2020|Washington Post
Gabrielle Taper, 19, sat next to her two teenage friends and nibbled on crawfish and Andouille, a type of sausage made from pork.New Orleans Celebrates Its Favorite Sandwich at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival|Tyler Gillespie|November 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The incident is big news in Breaux Bridge, which bills itself as the “Crawfish Capital of the World.”
Men, she says, worked 24 hours, forced to steam the crawfish and then peel them.
According to the lawsuit, crawfish processors “depend on the H-2B workers,” and new wage hikes “will cripple Louisiana employers.”
On the menu: New Orleans classics, including crawfish, shrimp, and gumbo.
He tells me the crawfish in his stream are better than any in the neighbourhood; the water itself is pure, light, and delicate.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
On the 19th I resumed the march to the left and went into line of battle at Crawfish Springs to cover our right and rear.The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete|General Philip Henry Sheridan
Out of the beds they scrambled in hot haste, and to each one six or eight of the crawfish were clinging.
The crawfish were still clinging comfortably to various portions of the garments in which the two lads had gone to bed.
But the two lads danced, kicked and beat about them with their arms so that no one could remove the crawfish.