craw·​fish | \ ˈkrȯ-ˌfish How to pronounce crawfish (audio) \

Definition of crawfish

 (Entry 1 of 2)


crawfished; crawfishing; crawfishes

Definition of crawfish (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to retreat from a position : back out I crawfished as fast as I could— Mark Twain

Examples of crawfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then the Great Creator instructed crawfish to dive down and bring up a bit of mud. Boyce Upholt, Wired, 23 July 2022 It’s getting lit and eating crawfish at a tailgate in Louisiana. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 Treat dad to some steamy plates of crab, lobster, crawfish, and veggies. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 13 June 2022 As a kid growing up in the small Texas town of Navasota, Jose Alfaro spent his summers playing in the pastures and creeks near his home, examining bugs and frogs, crawfish and turtles. Abigail Pesta, Rolling Stone, 22 Aug. 2022 The menu boasts much more than crawfish and noodles, but not surprisingly, those are not to be missed. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 13 July 2022 The restaurant will focus on thin crust Neapolitan-style pizza, featuring both traditional toppings (such as pepperoni and sausage), and non-traditional toppings (short rib with caramelized onions and crawfish). Shauna Stuart |, al, 20 July 2022 As in previous years, a 24-foot refrigerated truck will bring in 10,000 pounds of crawfish from the southern Louisiana town of Opelousas. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2022 Once those fields are drained come spring, the crawfish are fully mature and meaty. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But on the point of tuna tartare: Would the senator from Louisiana give a pass to crawfish étouffée? Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 4 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of crawfish


1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crawfish


by folk etymology from Middle English crevis, kraveys

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28 Sep 2022

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“Crawfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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craw·​fish | \ ˈkrȯ-ˌfish How to pronounce crawfish (audio) \
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