\ ˈhȯ How to pronounce haw (audio) \

Definition of haw

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : a hawthorn berry

Definition of haw (Entry 2 of 5)

: nictitating membrane especially : an inflamed nictitating membrane of a domesticated mammal

Definition of haw (Entry 3 of 5)

often used to indicate a vocalized pause in speaking
hawed; hawing; haws

Definition of haw (Entry 4 of 5)

intransitive verb

1 : to utter the sound represented by haw hemmed and hawed before answering
2 : equivocate the administration hemmed and hawed over the students' demands
hawed; hawing; haws

Definition of haw (Entry 5 of 5)

imperative verb

used as a direction to turn to the left — compare gee

intransitive verb

: to turn to the near or left side

First Known Use of haw

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

1523, in the meaning defined above

Interjection

1600, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1777, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for haw

Noun (1)

Middle English hawe, from Old English haga — more at hedge

Noun (2)

origin unknown

Verb (1)

imitative

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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haw

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Medical Definition of haw

: nictitating membrane especially : an inflamed nictitating membrane of a domesticated mammal

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