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 After a certain time, the bar will offer crawfish by the pound only. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Katy bar to host all-you-can-eat crawfish events featuring alpacas, pygmy goats and llamas," 25 Feb. 2020 And finally, if Mardi Gras brings out your competitive side, in Woodley Park hosts a crawfish-eating contest with a $200 gift card for the winner. Washington Post, "12 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 24 Feb. 2020 Crayfish, also known as crawfish or crawdads, are identified with Cajun Country, especially Louisiana. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Here's where to find Mardi Gras 2020 parties, king cake, gumbo and more in Indianapolis," 17 Feb. 2020 Find some of the best Houston spots for crawfish in the photos above... Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "All-you-can-eat crawfish festival headed for Houston next month," 29 Jan. 2020 Gazzo grew up east of Gulfport in Biloxi, a small city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast known for crawfish boils, hospitality and casinos. Beth Warren,, "How a Mississippi trooper almost took down the world’s most powerful cartel boss," 25 Nov. 2019 Once there, discover New Orleans tastes with buckets of crawfish and fluffy hush puppies – a crowd favorite., "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Dining & Restaurants winners," 5 Oct. 2019 Executive Chef Stefon Rishel of MAX's Wine Dive shows our very own Denise Harris how to eat crawfish! Malcolm Mayhew, star-telegram, "Tasting samples, 'lagniappe' add to appeal of The Lost Cajun in Mansfield | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Apr. 2018 There, clad in a bib, the hungry use their hands to break apart crab legs and crawfish and dig deep to get the meat from clams and mussels. cleveland, "The Boiler 65 seafood restaurant in South Euclid is messy fun," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of crawfish was in 1624

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28 Feb 2020

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“Crawfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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