noun (1)
\ ˈkrō How to pronounce crow (audio) \

Definition of crow

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 plural crows : any of various large usually entirely glossy black passerine birds (family Corvidae and especially genus Corvus)
2 capitalized : corvus
3 : humble pie the braggart was forced to eat crow
as the crow flies
: in a straight line


crowed\ ˈkrōd How to pronounce crow (audio) \ also in sense 1 chiefly British crew\ ˈkrü How to pronounce crow (audio) \; crowing

Definition of crow (Entry 2 of 4)

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 4)

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


noun (3)
\ ˈkrō How to pronounce Crow (audio) \

Definition of Crow (Entry 4 of 4)

1 plural Crow also Crows : a member of an Indigenous people of the Great Plains between the Platte and Yellowstone rivers

Note: The names Apsáalooke or Absaroka are often used by Crow as self-designations.

2 : the Siouan language of the Crow people

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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

Verb 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.

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

Noun (3)

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

Noun (3)

translation of American French gens des Corbeaux "crow people," or names of similar meaning in the languages of Plains Indians adjacent to the Crows

Note: The reason for the application of words meaning "crow" or "raven" to the Crow by their neighbors is obscure. The Crow self-designation is apsâˑroˑke, traditionally rendered in English Absaroka, Apsaroka, with other variants; it is spelled Apsáalooke in the practical orthography used by Crow speakers. (The sound written l is pronounced as a rhotic tap by older speakers.) It is apparently a generalization of an earlier band name and has no etymology, though supposed translations of the word in the 19th and early 20th centuries frequently rendered it as "Crow." See Handbook of North American Indians, vol. 13, part 2 (Washington, 2001), pp. 714-15.

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“Crow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈkrō How to pronounce crow (audio) \

Kids Definition of crow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a glossy black bird that has a harsh cry
2 capitalized : a member of a tribe of indigenous 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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