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 Jamie Spears has recently been back home in Kentwood, where he is known to host crawfish boils and stop by the town’s Veterans of Foreign Wars bar., 22 June 2021 The sale of live crawfish for commercial and personal use would require a Texas Wholesale Fish Dealer License. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 18 June 2021 Those unsanctioned bush tracks are as much a part of Cajun culture as Sunday Mass and crawfish boils. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2021 Smashin’ Crab’s po’boy game is strong, led by the option to build a combo sandwich from any two choices of catfish, crawfish, oysters or shrimp ($13). Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 13 May 2021 The city is partnering with the local nonprofit Go Propeller to give the vaccines and crawfish from The Original Cajun Seafood on Thursday, WVUE-TV reports. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 What used to be an old-growth swamp filled with cypress trees, water lilies and freshwater wildlife, such as fish, alligators, otters, birds and crawfish, is mostly open water today. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Think beef in chile oil, Hunan-style lamb soup, spicy live crawfish and several dishes that feature bullfrog. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 June 2021 The belief is the quaggas are providing an abundant, high protein food source to compliment other forage like redswamp crawfish and grass shrimp. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 22 May 2021 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

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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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18 Jul 2021

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“Crawfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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