daw

[ daw ]
/ dɔ /
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noun

Obsolete. simpleton; fool.

Nearby words

  1. davy jones's locker,
  2. davy lamp,
  3. davy, sir humphry,
  4. davys,
  5. davys, john,
  6. dawah,
  7. dawbake,
  8. dawdle,
  9. dawes,
  10. dawes act of 1887

Origin of daw

1400–50; late Middle English dawe; compare Old High German taha

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British Dictionary definitions for daws

daw

/ (dɔː) /

noun

an archaic, dialect, or poetic name for a jackdaw

Word Origin for daw

C15: related to Old High German taha

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Word Origin and History for daws

daw

n.

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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