[ yaw ]
/ yɔ /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to cause to yaw.


Nearby words

  1. yaup,
  2. yaupon,
  3. yautia,
  4. yavapai,
  5. yavarí,
  6. yawata,
  7. yawey,
  8. yawl,
  9. yawl-rigged,
  10. yawmeter

Origin of yaw

First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for yawed

British Dictionary definitions for yawed


/ (jɔː) /


(intr) (of an aircraft, missile, etc) to turn about its vertical axisCompare pitch 1 (def. 11), roll (def. 14)
(intr) (of a ship, etc) to deviate temporarily from a straight course
(tr) to cause (an aircraft, ship, etc) to yaw


the angular movement of an aircraft, missile, etc, about its vertical axis
the deviation of a vessel from a straight course

Word Origin for yaw

C16: of unknown origin

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for yawed



"to fall away from the line of a course," 1540s, from Old Norse jaga, Old Danish jæge "to drive, chase," from Middle Low German jagen (see yacht).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper