- 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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- 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 crow over
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 crow over
Exult loudly about, especially over someone's defeat. For example, In most sports it's considered bad manners to crow over your opponent. This term alludes to the cock's loud crow. [Late 1500s]
In addition to the idiom beginning with crow
- crown jewels
- crow over
- as the crow flies
- eat crow