- the people who sail or operate a ship or boat.
- the common sailors of a ship's company.
- a particular gang of a ship's company.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of crew1
verb (used without object), crowed or for 1, (especially British), crew; crowed; crow·ing.
Origin of crow2
Synonyms for crow
Related Words for crewcorps, crowd, company, band, squad, troop, team, gang, set, cluster, troupe, bunch, horde, retinue, posse, swarm, lot, party, bevy, faction
Examples from the Web for crew
Contemporary Examples of crew
The brokers then scout out potential “crew members” who can earn substantial discounts for working the journey.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
Carlisle writes that the Air Force would want a crew ratio of 10 to one for each drone orbit during normal everyday operations.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
Crew members had to cut through the ice on the streets to get shots.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’
January 1, 2015
And its crew had fought so hard for a Christmastime miracle that was not to be.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops
December 22, 2014
We also knew that once we hit the road, we would be paying our band and crew on a weekly basis.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
Historical Examples of crew
It required all the captain's seamanship, and the efforts of all the crew, to withstand it.Brave and Bold
It sent him off in a rage, with all his crew of dissolute followers.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
I'm sorry for you an' the crew,' says he, 'an' I wisht I hadn't took the berth.Quaint Courtships
Others of the crew had scrambled to their feet and ran to help those at the sweeps.
The mate with one of the crew came ashore in the boat for help and a doctor.
noun (sometimes functioning as plural)
Word Origin for crew
Word Origin for crow
Word Origin for crow
mid-15c., "group of soldiers," from Middle French crue (Old French creue) "an increase, recruit, military reinforcement," from fem. past participle of creistre "grow," from Latin crescere "arise, grow" (see crescent). Meaning "people acting or working together" is first attested 1560s. "Gang of men on a warship" is from 1690s. Crew-cut first attested 1938, so called because the style originally was adopted by boat crews at Harvard and Yale.
Indian tribe of the American Midwest, the name is a rough translation of their own name, Apsaruke.
Old English crawe, imitative of bird's cry. Phrase eat crow is perhaps based on the notion that the bird is edible when boiled but hardly agreeable; first attested 1851, American English, but said to date to War of 1812 (Walter Etecroue turns up 1361 in the Calendar of Letter Books of the City of London). Crow's foot "wrinkle around the corner of the eye" is late 14c. Phrase as the crow flies first recorded 1800.
Old English crawian "make a loud noise like a crow" (see crow (n.)); sense of "exult in triumph" is 1520s, perhaps in part because the English crow is a carrion-eater. Related: Crowed; crowing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with crow
- crown jewels
- crow over
- as the crow flies
- eat crow