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 Viet-Cajun crawfish emerged in Houston in the early 2000s. New York Times, "A Crawfish Feast Where the South Meets Southeast Asia," 1 Apr. 2021 Cuisine from several countries has joined the New Orleans-style dishes such as jambalaya, crawfish and beignets. Dewayne Bevil,, "Universal extends Mardi Gras celebration by 2 weeks," 11 Mar. 2021 Fill it with any combination of crab, shrimp, crawfish, mussels, clams and lobster, choose your sauce and spice level, and then roll up your sleeves and dig in. cleveland, "10 restaurants to go for meatless Friday if you’re all fish fry-ed out," 23 Mar. 2021 Fish are cruising, looking for baitfish, crawfish, and other prey to fatten up before spawning. Ryan Chelius, Field & Stream, "5 Great Lures to Catch More Prespawn Bass," 9 Mar. 2021 Jamila’s bisque, a heady pottage of crawfish, spinach and zucchini, is a dish the restaurant normally serves at Jazz Fest, which of course also was canceled this year. Ian Mcnulty,, "Dinner for hundreds or two. New Orleans finds new ways to help restaurants at the holidays," 7 Dec. 2020 Here are 3 great restaurants for live crawfish in San Antonio and New Braunfels. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: What your insurance can cover from the winter storm," 19 Feb. 2021 In addition to three days of music and spicy boiled crawfish, the Biloxi event’s attractions will include carnival midway rides. al, "Biloxi’s annual Crawfish Music Festival announces April lineup," 18 Feb. 2021 Don't miss the shrimp and grits or the crawfish etouffee and do leave room for the only dessert on the menu: Maw-Maw's Bread Pudding. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Houston Travel Guide," 2 Mar. 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, "Voices from Philistia," 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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25 Apr 2021

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“Crawfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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