shaw

1 of 2

noun (1)

dialect

shaw

2 of 2

noun (2)

chiefly British
: the tops and stalks of a cultivated crop (such as potatoes or turnips)

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English sceaga; akin to Old Norse skegg beard — more at shag

Noun (2)

probably alteration of show

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1726, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shaw was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shaw. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Biographical Definition

Shaw

biographical name

George Bernard 1856–1950 British (Irish-born) author

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