crow

1
[ kroh ]
/ kroʊ /

noun

any of several large oscine birds of the genus Corvus, of the family Corvidae, having a long, stout bill, lustrous black plumage, and a wedge-shaped tail, as the common C. brachyrhynchos, of North America.
any of several other birds of the family Corvidae.
any of various similar birds of other families.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Corvus.

Idioms

Origin of crow

1
before 900; Middle English crowe, Old English crāwe, crāwa; cognate with Old High German krāwa; akin to Dutch kraai, German Krähe

Can be confused

craw crow

Definition for crow (2 of 3)

crow

2
[ kroh ]
/ kroʊ /

verb (used without object), crowed or for 1, (especially British), crew; crowed; crow·ing.

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.

noun

the characteristic cry of a rooster.
an inarticulate cry of pleasure.

Origin of crow

2
before 1000; Middle English crowen, Old English crāwan; cognate with Dutch kraaien, German krähen; see crow1

Related forms

crow·er, nouncrow·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for crow (3 of 3)

Crow

[ kroh ]
/ kroʊ /

noun

a member of a Siouan people of eastern Montana.
a Siouan language closely related to Hidatsa.

Origin of Crow

1795–1805; translation of North American French (gens des) Corbeaux Raven (people), literal translation of Crow apsá˙loke a Crow Indian
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British Dictionary definitions for crow (1 of 3)

crow

1
/ (krəʊ) /

noun

Word Origin for crow

Old English crāwa; related to Old Norse krāka, Old High German krāia, Dutch kraai

British Dictionary definitions for crow (2 of 3)

crow

2
/ (krəʊ) /

verb (intr)

(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

noun

the act or an instance of crowing

Derived Forms

crower, nouncrowingly, adverb

Word Origin for crow

Old English crāwan; related to Old High German krāen, Dutch kraaien

British Dictionary definitions for crow (3 of 3)

Crow

/ (krəʊ) /

noun

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
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Idioms and Phrases with crow

crow


In addition to the idiom beginning with crow

  • crown jewels
  • crow over

also see:

  • as the crow flies
  • eat crow
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