noun (used with a singular verb) Pathology.
Origin of yaws
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- the act of yawing.
- the angular displacement of the longitudinal axis due to yawing.
Origin of yaw1
Origin of yaw2
Examples from the Web for yaws
The yaws is not a dangerous, although a very disgusting, disease.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
It forms in time a crust or scab, the reddish appearance of which is very characteristic of the yaws eruption.The Fijians|Basil Thomson
As a consequence, my yaws and fever grew more troublesome, and I was forced to go to bed.
By this time, our yaws and Jack's undiagnosed illness were so bad that we were anxiously waiting for the steamer.
“Yaws;” and Jim broke into a trot which he kept up until he reached his own porch.The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters|Edward S. Ellis
Word Origin for yaws
Word Origin for yaw
1670s, from Carib yaya, the native name for the disease.
"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).