haw

1
[haw]
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verb (used without object)

to utter a sound representing a hesitation or pause in speech.

noun

a sound or pause of hesitation.Compare hem2(def 3).

Origin of haw

1
First recorded in 1625–35; imitative

haw

2
[haw]

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.
Compare gee1.

Origin of haw

2
1835–45, Americanism; apparently orig. the imperative haw! look! of Middle English hawen, Old English hāwian; akin to Latin cavēre to beware

haw

3
[haw]

noun

the fruit of the Old World hawthorn, Crataegus laevigata, or of other species of the same genus.
the hawthorn.

Origin of haw

3
before 1000; Middle English; Old English haga, presumably identical with haga hedge, fence; cf. hawthorn

haw

4
[haw]

noun

the thin, protective membrane at the inner corner of the lower eyelid of a horse, dog, etc.; nictitating membrane.

Origin of haw

4
First recorded in 1515–1525; origin uncertain
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Related Words for haws

kernel, bean, grain, hip, seed, pome, drupe, drupelet

Examples from the Web for haws

Historical Examples of haws

  • In p. 87autumn they feed on haws and yew-berries, and in the spring on ivy-berries.

  • When there aren't any gooseberries about he has to be content with the hips and haws from the rose-trees.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • When there aren't any gooseberries about, he has to be content with the hips and haws from the rose-trees.

    Happy Days

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • For their haws they have sometimes been paying him small rents.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • Haws' company are now formed with us, making our 50 nearly complete.


British Dictionary definitions for haws

haw

1

noun

the round or oval fruit (a pome) of the hawthorn, usually red or yellow, containing one to five seeds
another name for hawthorn

Word Origin for haw

Old English haga, identical with haga hedge; related to Old Norse hagi pasture

haw

2

noun, interjection

an inarticulate utterance, as of hesitation, embarrassment, etc; hem

verb

(intr) to make this sound
hem and haw or hum and haw See hem 2 (def. 3)

Word Origin for haw

C17: of imitative origin

haw

3

noun

archaic a yard or close

Word Origin for haw

of unknown origin

haw

4

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 haws

haw

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.

haw

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with haws

haw

see hem and haw.

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