Meaning of CROW in English


I. ˈkrō noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English crowe, from Old English crāwe; akin to Old High German krāwa, krāja crow, Old Saxon krāja, Middle Dutch crā, crāie, Old English crāwan, v.

1. : any of various large usually entirely glossy black birds of Corvus and related genera noted for their alertness and intelligence: as

a. : carrion crow

b. Britain : the rook represented in different regions by distinct subspecies — see eastern crow

c. : the common crow ( C. brachyrhynchos ) of No. America

2. : any bird of the family Corvidae — used chiefly in combination; see fish crow , hooded crow , piping crow


a. : a bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw ; especially : crowbar

b. : a yoke applied to a street water main to hold the drill for tapping the main

4. archaic : a grapnel used especially in siege operations

5. obsolete : a door knocker

6. : a slightly violet black seen on a glossy surface

7. : negro — usually taken to be offensive; compare jim crow

8. usually capitalized


(1) : a Siouan people inhabiting the region between the Platte and Yellowstone rivers — called also Absaroka

(2) : a member of such people

b. : the language of the Crow people

9. slang : the eagle worn on the sleeves of petty officers of the United States naval forces

- as the crow flies

- crow to pull

II. verb

( crowed ˈkrōd ; also in intransitive verb sense 1 chiefly British crew ˈkrü ; crowed ; crowing ; crows )

Etymology: Middle English crowen, from Old English crāwan; akin to Old High German krāen to crow, Middle Low German krēien, Old Slavic grajati to croak, Old English cran crane — more at crane

intransitive verb

1. : to make the loud shrill sound characteristic of a cock

the second time the cock crew — Mk 14:72 (Authorized Version)

a cockerel crew from a blossoming apple bough — W.B.Yeats

2. archaic : to utter a sound expressive of joy or pleasure (as of a baby or child)


a. : to shout especially in exultation, exuberance, or defiance

550 people who had crowded into the old New Orleans dance hall … stamped and crowed — Time

b. : exult

crowing over a recent success

c. : brag

crow over one's ancestors

he had nothing to crow about

transitive verb

: to greet or wake by crowing — often used with up

roosters crowing the sleeping barnyard up

Synonyms: see boast

III. noun

( -s )

1. : the cry of the cock

an old cock … with … a faltering crow — W.M.Thackeray

2. : a triumphant cry : an exultant outburst

she gave a little crow of happiness and gaiety — Charles Reade

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: perhaps by folk etymology from Dutch kroos, from Middle Dutch croos intestine; akin to Middle High German krœse, Old High German chrōse, a kind of fritter, Middle High German krūs curly — more at crouse

: the mesentery of an animal especially when used as food

V. transitive verb

: to say with self-satisfaction

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