- to utter a sound representing a hesitation or pause in speech.
- a sound or pause of hesitation.Compare hem2(def 3).
Origin of haw1
- (used as a word of command to a horse or other draft animal, usually directing it to turn to the left.)
- to turn or make a turn to the left: The horse refused to haw.
Origin of haw2
Examples from the Web for hawed
He hemmed and hawed, and finally had to blurt out that he didn't own the place.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
He walked up and down, hummed and hawed, showed every sign of impatience.Virgin Soil
Ivan S. Turgenev
I hemmed and hawed and bowed to her back with a growing confusion.A Daughter of Raasay
William MacLeod Raine
At first he softened down a little, “hemmed and hawed,” as folks say.The Hoosier School-boy
She hummed and hawed and would not say a word about the borough.The Prime Minister
- the round or oval fruit (a pome) of the hawthorn, usually red or yellow, containing one to five seeds
- another name for hawthorn
- an inarticulate utterance, as of hesitation, embarrassment, etc; hem
- (intr) to make this sound
- hem and haw or hum and haw See hem 2 (def. 3)
- archaic a yard or close
- the nictitating membrane of a horse or other domestic animal
Word Origin and History for hawed
"hesitate in speech," 1580s, imitative. Related: Hawed; hawing. The noun in this sense is from c.1600. Haw-haw "style of affected enunciation" is from 1841, imitative.
"enclosure," Old English haga "enclosure, hedge," from Proto-Germanic *hag- (cf. Old Norse hagi, Old Saxon hago, German Hag "hedge;" Middle Dutch hage, Dutch haag, as in the city name The Hague). See hag and hedge. Meaning "fruit of the hawthorn bush" (Old English) is perhaps short for *hægberie.
Idioms and Phrases with hawed
see hem and haw.