EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used without object) to utter a sound representing a hesitation or pause in speech. Origin of haw 1
First recorded in
1625–35; imitative interjection (used as a word of command to a horse or other draft animal, usually directing it to turn to the left.) verb (used with or without object) to turn or make a turn to the left: The horse refused to haw. Origin of haw 2 1835–45, ; apparently orig. the imperative Americanism haw! look! of Middle English hawen, Old English hāwian; akin to Latin cavēre to beware
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Examples from the Web for hawed Contemporary Examples of hawed
Sounding indecisive, Whitman hemmed and
hawed about the different kinds of negative ads.
According to the complaint, when the actress (i.e. Thurman) questioned Starr, he hemmed and
hawed. Historical Examples of hawed
He hemmed and
hawed, and finally had to blurt out that he didn't own the place.
He walked up and down, hummed and
hawed, showed every sign of impatience.
I hemmed and
hawed and bowed to her back with a growing confusion.
At first he softened down a little, “hemmed and
hawed,” as folks say.
She hummed and
hawed and would not say a word about the borough. British Dictionary definitions for hawed noun the round or oval fruit (a pome) of the hawthorn, usually red or yellow, containing one to five seeds Word Origin for haw
haga, identical with haga hedge; related to Old Norse hagi pasture noun, interjection an inarticulate utterance, as of hesitation, embarrassment, etc; hem verb (intr) to make this sound Word Origin for haw
C17: of imitative origin
Word Origin for haw
of unknown origin
noun the nictitating membrane of a horse or other domestic animal Word Origin for haw
C15: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hawed v.
"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. n.
"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.
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Idioms and Phrases with hawed
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