1. Midland U.S. a small wood or thicket.
  2. Scot. the stalks and leaves of potatoes, turnips, and other cultivated root plants.

Origin of shaw

before 900; Middle English shawe, Old English sceaga, scaga; akin to shag1


  1. Anna Howard,1847–1919, U.S. physician, reformer, and suffragist, born in England.
  2. ArtieArthur Arshawsky, 1910–2004, U.S. clarinetist and bandleader.
  3. George Bernard,1856–1950, Irish dramatist, critic, and novelist: Nobel prize 1925.
  4. Henry Wheeler. Billings, Josh.
  5. Irwin,1913–84, U.S. dramatist and author.
  6. Richard Norman,1831–1912, English architect, born in Scotland.
  7. Thomas Edward. Lawrence, Thomas Edward. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for shaw


  1. archaic, or dialect a small wood; thicket; copse

Word Origin for shaw

Old English sceaga; related to Old Norse skagi tip, skaga to jut out, skōgr forest, skegg beard


  1. to show
  1. a show
  2. the part of a potato plant that is above ground


  1. Artie, original name Arthur Arshawsky. 1910–2004, US jazz clarinetist, band leader, and composer
  2. George Bernard, often known as GBS. 1856–1950, Irish dramatist and critic, in England from 1876. He was an active socialist and became a member of the Fabian Society but his major works are effective as satiric attacks rather than political tracts. These include Arms and the Man (1894), Candida (1894), Man and Superman (1903), Major Barbara (1905), Pygmalion (1913), Back to Methuselah (1921), and St Joan (1923): Nobel prize for literature 1925
  3. Richard Norman. 1831–1912, English architect
  4. Thomas Edward. the name assumed by (T. E.) Lawrence after 1927
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Word Origin and History for shaw

"strip of wood forming the border of a field," 1570s, from Old English sceaga "copse," cognate with North Frisian skage "farthest edge of cultivated land," Old Norse skage "promontory," and perhaps with Old English sceaga "rough matted hair" (see shag (n.)). The Old English word also is the source of the surname Shaw (attested from late 12c.) and its related forms.

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