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Word of the Day
Thursday, June 30, 2011

Definitions for haw

  1. To utter a sound representing a hesitation or pause in speech.
  2. To turn or make a turn to the left.
  3. A sound or pause of hesitation.

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Citations for haw
I find that I cannot make poor Mr. Gresham hem and haw Anthony Trollope, Doctor Thorne: Volume 3
If you ask Frank Lockyear about his philosophy regarding trees, he will haw and dig about searching for the words. Robert Gray, "He plants trees everywhere," Scouting, 1985.
Origin of haw
Haw has many senses, but the origin of this sense is uncertain, possibly imitative of the sound.