- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for crow on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for crowing
The Obama administration may be crowing about its “historic” emissions agreement.The U.S.-China Climate Deal Is Mostly Hot Air
November 12, 2014
Late last week conservatives were crowing about a Woodward piece blaming Obama for the sequester.The GOP Rage Machine and Its Mainstream Apologists
February 26, 2013
The cynics are crowing after Jeffrey Hillman turned out to be neither homeless nor shoeless.Officer’s Gift to ‘Homeless’ Man Triggers Controversy
December 7, 2012
If ADP had been right and the number had been 175,000, I and the folks on my side would be crowing.Jobs Numbers: Conservatives, This Thread's For You
July 6, 2012
BDSers are crowing about pension fund TIAA-CREF's choice to drop Caterpillar.Oh to be a Butterfly...
June 22, 2012
The dawn was just showing over the mountains, and in Sils the cocks were crowing.Rico and Wiseli
"You damned Earthmen have been crowing long enough," he said.Pirates of the Gorm
And your own lil world would be up there, too, laughing and crowing mortal.The Manxman
They were on their feet again in a moment, laughing and crowing out their delight.The Twins of Suffering Creek
She sat down on the steps and laid a crowing baby on her lap.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
- 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 crowing
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 crowing
In addition to the idiom beginning with crow
- crown jewels
- crow over
- as the crow flies
- eat crow