\ 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

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, 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,, 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, 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, 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of caw

1589, in the meaning defined above

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“Caw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for caw


\ ˈkȯ How to pronounce caw (audio) \

Kids Definition of caw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the cry of a crow or a raven


cawed; cawing

Kids Definition of caw (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make the sound of a crow or raven

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