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crew1

[kroo] /kru/
noun
1.
a group of persons involved in a particular kind of work or working together:
the crew of a train; a wrecking crew.
2.
Nautical.
  1. the people who sail or operate a ship or boat.
  2. the common sailors of a ship's company.
  3. a particular gang of a ship's company.
3.
the people who fly or operate an aircraft or spacecraft.
4.
the team that rows a racing shell:
varsity crew.
5.
the sport of racing with racing shells:
He went out for crew in his freshman year.
6.
a company; crowd:
He and his crew of friends filled the room.
7.
any force or band of armed men.
verb (used with object)
8.
to serve as a member of a crew on (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
9.
to obtain or employ a crew for (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
verb (used without object)
10.
to serve as a member of a crew.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English crewe augmentation, hence reinforcements, body of soldiers < Middle French creue, literally, increase, noun use of feminine of Old French creu, past participle of creistre to grow < Latin crēscere; see crescent
Related forms
crewless, adjective
Usage note

crew2

[kroo] /kru/
verb
1.
a simple past tense of crow2 .

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.
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Examples from the web for crew
  • They have all been shut down for safety reasons but crew are still there working on insuring no catastrophic melt down occurs.
  • For the next two weeks, the crew and the science team worked around the clock, collecting hundreds of samples.
  • One of the more special moments in the marathon of launch events is crew walkout.
  • Wagoner says were useful both in production and as a tool for recruiting cast and crew members.
  • And while the ship did not encounter any pirates, the crew piloting the vessel was not taking any chances.
  • Perhaps it's the casual chumminess of the cabin crew.
  • But this week a ship's crew foiled a hijacking with help from a decidedly older technology: a message in a bottle.
  • But such ships would cost even more, as they require a steam catapult, arrester wires and a bigger crew.
  • As the crew struggles to cool the reactor, deadly radiation is spreading through the sub.
  • So the crew conserved water by drinking little and eating only wet foods.
British Dictionary definitions for crew

crew1

/kruː/
noun (sometimes functioning as pl)
1.
the men who man a ship, boat, aircraft, etc
2.
(nautical) a group of people assigned to a particular job or type of work
3.
(informal) a gang, company, or crowd
verb
4.
to serve on (a ship) as a member of the crew
Word Origin
C15 crue (military) reinforcement, from Old French creue augmentation, from Old French creistre to increase, from Latin crescere

crew2

/kruː/
verb
1.
a past tense of crow2

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 crew
n.

mid-15c., "group of soldiers," from Middle French crue (Old French creue) "an increase, recruit, military reinforcement," from fem. past participle of creistre "grow," from Latin crescere "arise, grow" (see crescent). Meaning "people acting or working together" is first attested 1560s. "Gang of men on a warship" is from 1690s. Crew-cut first attested 1938, so called because the style originally was adopted by boat crews at Harvard and Yale.

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 crew

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 crew

crow

In addition to the idiom beginning with
crow
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