caw

verb
\ ˈkȯ How to pronounce caw (audio) \
cawed; cawing; caws

Definition of caw

intransitive verb

: to utter the harsh raucous natural call of the crow or a similar cry

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Other Words from caw

caw noun

Examples of caw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Besides the bodily functions of Wake, the constant rhythm of waves crashing, seagulls cawing and machines humming on this isolated rock are some of the constants that carry from the dead of night to daybreak. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'The Lighthouse' is a grim nautical tale starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe," 24 Oct. 2019 The severity of the framing can seem at first like a distortion of reality, much like the wild, teeming soundscape, alive with buzzing insects, cawing birds, giggling children and distant gunshots. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Lucrecia Martel's 'Zama' is a feverishly brilliant tale of European colonialism and its discontents," 26 Apr. 2018 After Mike and Tina had quietly whispered their good-byes and slipped away, Rob and Laura, alone again on the mattress, listened to the muted sounds of the hot-tub party and the tropical birds caw-caw-ing softly in the night. Davy Rothbart, GQ, "Inside the Clothing-Optional Resort of Your Swinging Dreams," 18 July 2017 Above us, ravens wheeled and dove, circled and played, gliding up the cliff face on the drafts, and cawing down at the silly humans. Erin Mckittrick, Alaska Dispatch News, "How to document your Alaska adventure," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of caw

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caw

imitative

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“Caw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caw. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for caw

caw

noun
\ ˈkȯ How to pronounce caw (audio) \

Kids Definition of caw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the cry of a crow or a raven

caw

verb
cawed; cawing

Kids Definition of caw (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make the sound of a crow or raven

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