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crow

noun \ ˈkrō \

Definition of crow

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

Origin and Etymology of crow

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


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crow

verb

Definition of crow

crowed play \ˈkrōd\ also in sense 1 chiefly British crew play \ˈkrü\; crowing
intransitive verb
1 : to make the loud shrill sound characteristic of a cock
2 : to utter a sound expressive of pleasure
3 a : to exult gloatingly especially over the distress of another
b : to brag exultantly or blatantly
transitive verb
: to say with self-satisfaction

Examples of crow in a Sentence

  1. The cock crowed as the sun began to rise.

  2. The boy crowed with delight.

  3. The rest of us were sick of hearing her crow about her success.

Origin and Etymology of crow

Middle English, from Old English crāwan

crow Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of crow

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

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crow

noun

Definition of crow

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

First Known Use of crow

13th century



CROW Defined for English Language Learners

crow

verb

Definition of crow for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CROW Defined for Kids

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crow

noun \ ˈkrō \

Definition of crow for Students

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

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crow

verb

Definition of crow for Students

crowed; crowing
1 : to make the loud cry of a rooster
2 : to make sounds of delight
3 : 1boast 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.

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crow

noun

Definition of crow for Students

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


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