daw

verb
\ ˈdȯ How to pronounce daw (audio) , ˈdä \
dawed; dawing; daws

Definition of daw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

chiefly Scotland
: dawn

daw

noun
\ ˈdȯ How to pronounce daw (audio) \

Definition of daw (Entry 2 of 2)

First Known Use of daw

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for daw

Verb

Middle English, from Old English dagian; akin to Old High German tagēn to dawn, Old English dæg day

Noun

Middle English dawe; akin to Old High German taha jackdaw

Learn More About daw

Time Traveler for daw

Time Traveler

The first known use of daw was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near daw

Davy lamp

daw

dawdle

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for daw

Cite this Entry

“Daw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daw. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on daw

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about daw

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!