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[kroh] /kroʊ/
verb (used without object), crowed or for 1, (especially British), crew; crowed; crowing.
1.
to utter the characteristic cry of a rooster.
2.
to gloat, boast, or exult (often followed by over).
3.
to utter an inarticulate cry of pleasure, as an infant does.
noun
4.
the characteristic cry of a rooster.
5.
an inarticulate cry of pleasure.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English crowen, Old English crāwan; cognate with Dutch kraaien, German krähen; see crow1
Related forms
crower, noun
crowingly, adverb
Synonyms
2. vaunt, brag.
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Examples from the web for crowing
  • When the roosters find a tasty worm or other treat, they will call the hens by clucking and crowing.
  • All the ingredients for a frenzy of crowing celebration were there.
  • Coughing spells may be intense and followed by a crowing or high-pitched whoop as the patient tries to take a breath.
  • Coughing spells may be intense and followed by a crowing or high-pitched whoop.
  • The chapters come alive with the sounds of eagle cries, a crackling fire, and even a rooster crowing.
  • Shortly after midnight, a rooster is confused by the lightning and thunder and starts crowing.
  • Owners must prevent their animals from creating a disturbance for their neighbors by preventing barking, howling, or crowing.
British Dictionary definitions for crowing

crow1

/krəʊ/
noun
1.
any large gregarious songbird of the genus Corvus, esp C. corone (the carrion crow) of Europe and Asia: family Corvidae. Other species are the raven, rook, and jackdaw and all have a heavy bill, glossy black plumage, and rounded wings See also carrion crow related adjective corvine
2.
any of various other corvine birds, such as the jay, magpie, and nutcracker
3.
any of various similar birds of other families
4.
(offensive) an old or ugly woman
5.
short for crowbar
6.
as the crow flies, as directly as possible
7.
(US & Canadian, informal) eat crow, to be forced to do something humiliating
8.
stone the crows stone
Word Origin
Old English crāwa; related to Old Norse krāka, Old High German krāia, Dutch kraai

crow2

/krəʊ/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(past tense crowed or crew) to utter a shrill squawking sound, as a cock
2.
(often foll by over) to boast one's superiority
3.
(esp of babies) to utter cries of pleasure
noun
4.
the act or an instance of crowing
Derived Forms
crower, noun
crowingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English crāwan; related to Old High German krāen, Dutch kraaien

Crow

/krəʊ/
noun
1.
(pl) Crows, Crow. a member of a Native American people living in E Montana
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Siouan family
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Word Origin and History for crowing

crow

n.

Old English crawe, imitative of bird's cry. Phrase eat crow is perhaps based on the notion that the bird is edible when boiled but hardly agreeable; first attested 1851, American English, but said to date to War of 1812 (Walter Etecroue turns up 1361 in the Calendar of Letter Books of the City of London). Crow's foot "wrinkle around the corner of the eye" is late 14c. Phrase as the crow flies first recorded 1800.

v.

Old English crawian "make a loud noise like a crow" (see crow (n.)); sense of "exult in triumph" is 1520s, perhaps in part because the English crow is a carrion-eater. Related: Crowed; crowing.

Crow

Indian tribe of the American Midwest, the name is a rough translation of their own name, Apsaruke.

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Slang definitions & phrases for crowing

crow

noun
  1. The eagle on naval insignia (WWI Navy)
  2. A naval petty officer or captain who wears the eagle insignia (WWI Navy)
  3. Chicken (WWII armed forces)
verb

To boast in exultation; flatter oneself: That poem's nothing to crow about (1522+)

Related Terms

jane crow, jim crow


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Idioms and Phrases with crowing

crow

In addition to the idiom beginning with
crow
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