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  1. jackdaw.
  2. Obsolete. simpleton; fool.
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Origin of daw

1400–50; late Middle English dawe; compare Old High German taha
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Examples from the Web for daw

Historical Examples

  • He who is connected with a "daw," or drab, has many troubles to put up with.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • When he getta his house he lock long tem at his daw, but was no answer.

  • All old Daw said was, “Do you know anything about her, policeman?”

    Mr. Witt's Widow

    Anthony Hope

  • Quhat better is the house that the Daw rises in the morning.

  • Under the circumstances Mr. Daw changed his plans immediately.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester

British Dictionary definitions for daw


  1. an archaic, dialect, or poetic name for a jackdaw
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Word Origin

C15: related to Old High German taha
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Word Origin and History for daw


early 15c., from Proto-Germanic *dakhwo (cf. Old High German taha, German Dohle), perhaps imitative of bird's cry. Medieval Latin tacula, Italian taccola are said to be Germanic loan words.

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