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[daw] /dɔ/
Obsolete. simpleton; fool.
Origin of daw
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English dawe; compare Old High German taha Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for daw
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  • Before she was married, the mama was a Marjory daw of the daw family, famous see-sawers.

  • He who is connected with a "daw," or drab, has many troubles to put up with.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • "Nobody ever heard tell of a panther this far north," daw was saying.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
  • Under the circumstances Mr. daw changed his plans immediately.

    Young Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • When he getta his house he lock long tem at his daw, but was no answer.

  • Mr. daw himself, even as he showed the assay, admired it over and over.

    Young Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • Mr. daw is a tall, slim gentleman of about fifty-five, with a florid face and snow-white mustache and side-whiskers.

    Marjorie Daw Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • "How little you know of business, Fanny," he rejoined, with a wink at Mr. daw.

    Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • The - 235 - large birds commonly seen are the rook, carrion crow, daw, and wood-pigeon.

    Birds in London W. H. Hudson
  • "I wish I could learn anything else," complained Mr. daw in disgust.

    Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford George Randolph Chester
British Dictionary definitions for daw


an archaic, dialect, or poetic name for a jackdaw
Word Origin
C15: related to Old High German taha
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Word Origin and History for daw

early 15c., from Proto-Germanic *dakhwo (cf. Old High German taha, German Dohle), perhaps imitative of bird's cry. Medieval Latin tacula, Italian taccola are said to be Germanic loan words.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Related Abbreviations for daw


dispense as written
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