haw

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Imitative

Interjection[edit]

haw

  1. An imitation of laughter, often used to express scorn or disbelief. Often doubled or tripled (haw haw or haw haw haw).
    You think that song was good? Haw!
  2. An intermission or hesitation of speech, with a sound somewhat like "haw"; the sound so made.
    • Congreve
      Hums or haws.
Usage notes[edit]
  • (an imitation of laughter): In the US, the spelling haw is rare, with ha being more common.
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Verb[edit]

haw (third-person singular simple present haws, present participle hawing, simple past and past participle hawed)

  1. To stop, in speaking, with a sound like haw; to speak with interruption and hesitation.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English hawe, from Old English haga (enclosure, hedge), from Proto-Germanic *hagô (compare West Frisian haach, Dutch haag, German Hag (hedged farmland), from Proto-Indo-European *kaghon (compare Welsh cae (hedge), Latin caulae (sheepfold, enclosure), cohum (strap between plowbeam and yoke), Russian кош (koš, tent), кошара (košára, sheepfold), Sanskrit कक्ष (kakṣa, curtain wall), from *kaghe/o 'to catch, grasp' (compare Welsh cau (to clasp), Oscan kahad (may he seize), Albanian kam, ke (to have, hold)).

Noun[edit]

haw (plural haws)

  1. Fruit of the hawthorn.
  2. (historical) A hedge.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Unknown

Interjection[edit]

haw

  1. An instruction for a horse or other animal to turn towards the driver, typically left.
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Verb[edit]

haw (third-person singular simple present haws, present participle hawing, simple past and past participle hawed)

  1. (of an animal) To turn towards the driver, typically to the left.
    This horse won't haw when I tell him to.
  2. To cause (an animal) to turn left.
    You may have to go to the front of the pack and physically haw the lead dog.
Derived terms[edit]
Antonyms[edit]
  • (to turn left): gee
  • (to cause to turn left): gee

Etymology 4[edit]

Uncertain.

Noun[edit]

haw (plural haws)

  1. (anatomy) The third eyelid, or nictitating membrane.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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West Frisian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

haw

  1. first person present-tense form of hawwe
  2. imperative form of hawwe

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