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crow1

[kroh] /kroʊ/
noun
1.
any of several large oscine birds of the genus Corvus, of the family Corvidae, having a long, stout bill, lustrous black plumage, and a wedge-shaped tail, as the common C. brachyrhynchos, of North America.
2.
any of several other birds of the family Corvidae.
3.
any of various similar birds of other families.
4.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Corvus.
5.
crowbar (def 1).
Idioms
6.
as the crow flies, in a straight line; by the most direct route:
The next town is thirty miles from here, as the crow flies.
7.
eat crow, Informal. to be forced to admit to having made a mistake, as by retracting an emphatic statement; suffer humiliation:
His prediction was completely wrong, and he had to eat crow.
8.
have a crow to pick / pluck with someone, Midland and Southern U.S. to have a reason to disagree or argue with someone.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English crowe, Old English crāwe, crāwa; cognate with Old High German krāwa; akin to Dutch kraai, German Krähe

crow2

[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
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.

Crow

[kroh] /kroʊ/
noun
1.
a member of a Siouan people of eastern Montana.
2.
a Siouan language closely related to Hidatsa.
Origin
1795-1805; translation of North American French (gens des) Corbeaux Raven (people), literal translation of Crow apsá˙loke a Crow Indian
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Examples for crow
  • But once a crow begins to dig, other crows form a circle around the digger, waiting in ambush.
  • During the quietest part of the second movement, a crow cawed in primal accompaniment.
  • Then a clumsy-footed crow awakes in them, stirring the branches and croaking mournfully.
  • If a rooster crows every minute of every hour of every day, eventually it will crow when the sun rises.
  • What happened is akin to breaking into a lawyer's office and opening confidential files cabinets with a crow bar.
  • Yet when disaster strikes, doomsayers do not get to crow.
  • Leaders lost power, who can helps and the crow in the chaos.
  • Speaking of difficulty swallowing, it is time for me to eat a little crow.
  • Newspapers are quick to crow about their predictive triumphs.
  • Insiders crow that the gumshoes found no smoking gun.
British Dictionary definitions for crow

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 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 crow

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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