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.


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

Nearby words

  1. crousely,
  2. croustade,
  3. croute,
  4. crouton,
  5. crouzon's disease,
  6. crow blackbird,
  7. crow over,
  8. crow step,
  9. crow's feet,
  10. crow's nest

Origin of crow

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

Related formscrow·er, nouncrow·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crowing

British Dictionary definitions for crowing



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

Word Origin for crow

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



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


the act or an instance of crowing
Derived Formscrower, nouncrowingly, adverb

Word Origin for crow

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

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Word Origin and History for crowing
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Idioms and Phrases with crowing


In addition to the idiom beginning with crow

  • crown jewels
  • crow over

also see:

  • as the crow flies
  • eat crow
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