noun (1)
\ ˈkrō \

Definition of crow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : any of various large usually entirely glossy black passerine birds (family Corvidae and especially genus Corvus)

2 capitalized

a : a member of an American Indian people of the region between the Platte and Yellowstone rivers
b : the language of the Crow people
3 capitalized : corvus
4 : humble pie the braggart was forced to eat crow
as the crow flies
: in a straight line


crowed\ ˈkrōd \ also in sense 1 chiefly British crew\ ˈkrü \; crowing

Definition of crow (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to make the loud shrill sound characteristic of a cock
2 : to utter a sound expressive of pleasure
3a : to exult gloatingly especially over the distress of another
b : to brag exultantly or blatantly

transitive verb

: to say with self-satisfaction


noun (2)

Definition of crow (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the cry of the cock
2 : a triumphant cry

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boast, brag, vaunt, crow mean to express pride in oneself or one's accomplishments. boast often suggests ostentation and exaggeration boasts of every trivial success , but it may imply a claiming with proper and justifiable pride. the town boasts one of the best museums in the area brag suggests crudity and artlessness in glorifying oneself. bragging of their exploits vaunt usually connotes more pomp and bombast than boast and less crudity or naïveté than brag. vaunted his country's military might crow usually implies exultant boasting or bragging. crowed after winning the championship

Examples of crow in a Sentence


The cock crowed as the sun began to rise. The boy crowed with delight. The rest of us were sick of hearing her crow about her success.
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First Known Use of crow

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crow

Noun (1)

Middle English crowe, from Old English crāwe; akin to Old High German krāwa crow, Old English crāwan to crow


Middle English, from Old English crāwan

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The first known use of crow was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of crow

: to make the loud, high sound that a rooster makes or a similar sound

: to talk in a way that shows too much pride about something you have done : to brag loudly or joyfully


\ ˈkrō \

Kids Definition of crow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a glossy black bird that has a harsh cry
2 capitalized : a member of an American Indian people of Montana
3 : the language of the Crow people


crowed; crowing

Kids Definition of crow (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to make the loud cry of a rooster
2 : to make sounds of delight
3 : boast entry 1 sense 1 “How clever I am,” he crowed— J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
4 : to say with delight “You should have told me today was your birthday!” she crowed.



Kids Definition of crow (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the cry of a rooster
2 : a cry of triumph

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to gather or build up little by little

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