Meaning of CROW in English


crow 1

/kroh/ , n.

1. any of several large oscine birds of the genus Corvus, of the family Corvidae, having a long, stout bill, lustrous black plumage, and a wedge-shaped tail, as the common C. brachyrhynchos, of North America.

2. any of several other birds of the family Corvidae.

3. any of various similar birds of other families.

4. ( cap. ) Astron. the constellation Corvus.

5. crowbar (def. 1).

6. as the crow flies , in a straight line; by the most direct route: The next town is thirty miles from here, as the crow flies.

7. eat crow , Informal. to be forced to admit to having made a mistake, as by retracting an emphatic statement; suffer humiliation: His prediction was completely wrong, and he had to eat crow.

8. have a crow to pick or pluck with someone , Midland and Southern U.S. to have a reason to disagree or argue with someone.

[ bef. 900; ME crowe, OE crawe, crawa; c. OHG krawa; akin to D kraai, G Krähe ]

crow 2

— crower , n. — crowingly , adv.

/kroh/ , v. , crowed or, for 1, ( esp. Brit. ), crew; crowed; crowing; n.


1. to utter the characteristic cry of a rooster.

2. to gloat, boast, or exult (often fol. by over ).

3. to utter an inarticulate cry of pleasure, as an infant does.


4. the characteristic cry of a rooster.

5. an inarticulate cry of pleasure.

[ bef. 1000; ME crowen, OE crawan; c. D kraaien, G krähen; see CROW 1 ]

Syn. 2. vaunt, brag.

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