haw

haw

1 [haw]
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a sound representing a hesitation or pause in speech.
noun
2.
a sound or pause of hesitation. Compare hem2 ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1625–35; imitative

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haw

2 [haw]
interjection
1.
(used as a word of command to a horse or other draft animal, usually directing it to turn to the left.)
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to turn or make a turn to the left: The horse refused to haw.
Compare gee1.


Origin:
1835–45, Americanism; apparently orig. the imperative haw! look! of Middle English hawen, Old English hāwian; akin to Latin cavēre to beware

haw

3 [haw]
noun
1.
the fruit of the Old World hawthorn, Crataegus laevigata, or of other species of the same genus.
2.
the hawthorn.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English haga, presumably identical with haga hedge, fence; cf. hawthorn

haw

4 [haw]
noun
the thin, protective membrane at the inner corner of the lower eyelid of a horse, dog, etc.; nictitating membrane.

Origin:
1515–1525; origin uncertain

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haw1 (hɔː)
 
n
1.  the round or oval fruit (a pome) of the hawthorn, usually red or yellow, containing one to five seeds
2.  another name for hawthorn
 
[Old English haga, identical with hagahedge; related to Old Norse hagi pasture]

haw2 (hɔː)
 
n, —interj
1.  an inarticulate utterance, as of hesitation, embarrassment, etc; hem
 
vb
2.  (intr) to make this sound
3.  hem and haw, hum and haw See hem
 
[C17: of imitative origin]

haw3 (hɔː)
 
n
archaic a yard or close
 
[of unknown origin]

haw4 (hɔː)
 
n
the nictitating membrane of a horse or other domestic animal
 
[C15: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

haw
"enclosure," O.E. haga "enclosure, hedge," from P.Gmc. *khag- (cf. O.N. hagi, O.S. hago, M.Du. hage, Du. haag, as in the city name The Hague). See hag and hedge. Meaning "fruit of the hawthorn bush" (O.E.) is perhaps short for *hægberie.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
Haw.
Hawaiian
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Idioms & Phrases

haw

see hem and haw.

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