- a group of persons involved in a particular kind of work or working together: the crew of a train; a wrecking crew.
- 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.
- the people who fly or operate an aircraft or spacecraft.
- the team that rows a racing shell: varsity crew.
- the sport of racing with racing shells: He went out for crew in his freshman year.
- a company; crowd: He and his crew of friends filled the room.
- any force or band of armed men.
- to serve as a member of a crew on (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
- to obtain or employ a crew for (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
- to serve as a member of a crew.
Origin of crew1
- a simple past tense of crow2.
- to utter the characteristic cry of a rooster.
- to gloat, boast, or exult (often followed by over).
- to utter an inarticulate cry of pleasure, as an infant does.
- the characteristic cry of a rooster.
- an inarticulate cry of pleasure.
Origin of crow2
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Examples from the Web for crew
The brokers then scout out potential “crew members” who can earn substantial discounts for working the journey.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
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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
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
The mate with one of the crew came ashore in the boat for help and a doctor.
Others of the crew had scrambled to their feet and ran to help those at the sweeps.
- the men who man a ship, boat, aircraft, etc
- nautical a group of people assigned to a particular job or type of work
- informal a gang, company, or crowd
- to serve on (a ship) as a member of the crew
- a past tense of crow 2
- plural Crows or Crow a member of a Native American people living in E Montana
- the language of this people, belonging to the Siouan family
- any large gregarious songbird of the genus Corvus, esp C. corone (the carrion crow) of Europe and Asia: family Corvidae . Other species are the raven, rook, and jackdaw and all have a heavy bill, glossy black plumage, and rounded wingsSee also carrion crow Related adjective: corvine
- any of various other corvine birds, such as the jay, magpie, and nutcracker
- any of various similar birds of other families
- offensive an old or ugly woman
- short for crowbar
- as the crow flies as directly as possible
- eat crow US and Canadian informal to be forced to do something humiliating
- stone the crows stone
- (past tense crowed or crew) to utter a shrill squawking sound, as a cock
- (often foll by over) to boast one's superiority
- (esp of babies) to utter cries of pleasure
- the act or an instance of crowing
Word Origin and History for crew
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.
Idioms and Phrases with crew
In addition to the idiom beginning with crow
- crown jewels
- crow over
- as the crow flies
- eat crow