craw·​dad ˈkrȯ-ˌdad How to pronounce crawdad (audio)
: crayfish sense 1
used chiefly west of the Appalachians

Examples of crawdad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of course, live bait such as worms, crawdads, and small baitfish work well for catching both species. Shaye Baker, Field & Stream, 14 Sep. 2023 During long periods of low water, baitfish and crawdads are confined to constricted pools. Bryan Hendricks, Arkansas Online, 23 July 2023 Most of my fond childhood memories of Arkansas happened in Hale Holler: walking in the woods with Jay and Joyce, walking in the woods by myself, catching crawdads in the creek that ran through the property with my brother James and our cousin Ike. Benjamin Hale, Harper's Magazine, 10 July 2023 There are some calls to lighten the prison population, evictions and foreclosures have been suspended, and the crawdads will cook in Mobile. Bob Sims |, al, 7 Apr. 2020 Crayfish, also known as crawfish or crawdads, are identified with Cajun Country, especially Louisiana. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, 17 Feb. 2020 Instead of soybeans, the field is a graveyard of crawdads, their burrows cracking in the heat. Autumn Schoolman, Indianapolis Star, 4 Feb. 2020 If crawdads are on your Super Bowl menu, order and reserve the little critters now, says David Conger, owner of Capt’n Dave’s Seafood Market in Plano, which sells 8,000 to 12,000 pounds of crawfish a week during the season’s peak. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, 14 Jan. 2020 Crawdads 1375 Garden Highway What's new: A half-dozen dishes recently joined the menu, such as ahi nachos with ponzu and macadamia nuts, grilled cheese with crab claw meat, and a Creole burrito with cod, andouille sausage and crawdads. Allen Pierleoni, sacbee, 18 May 2018

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Word History


alteration of crawfish

First Known Use

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crawdad was circa 1905

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“Crawdad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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