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noun Chiefly Scot.
  1. a narrow, trenchlike depression, especially a furrow in the earth or a worn or thin area in cloth.
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Origin of gaw

First recorded in 1785–95; origin uncertain


  1. guaranteed annual wage.
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Examples from the Web for gaw

Historical Examples

  • To temen on bere is parallel to the old phrase to bringen on bere; cf. Gaw.

    Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)

    Geoffrey Chaucer

  • His brothers were sir Gaw'ain, sir Agravain, and sir Gaheris.

  • They had been to Gyangtse, and had received orders from Gaw to watch all my movements carefully.

  • And then with 'Gee' and 'Gaw,' the marquis spouted out reminiscences of scene, the best ever witnessed!

  • Gaw Daloi had given orders that he should be informed daily which way we were travelling.