[ prawn ]
/ prɔn /


any of various shrimplike decapod crustaceans of the genera Palaemon, Penaeus, etc., certain of which are used as food.

verb (used with object)

to catch prawns, as for food.


    come the raw prawn, Australian Slang. to try to impose on or deceive someone (followed by with).

Origin of prawn

1400–50; late Middle English prane, of uncertain origin

Related forms

prawn·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prawn


/ (prɔːn) /


any of various small edible marine decapod crustaceans of the genera Palaemon, Penaeus, etc, having a slender flattened body with a long tail and two pairs of pincers
come the raw prawn Australian informal to attempt deception

Derived Forms

prawner, noun

Word Origin for prawn

C15: of obscure origin
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