- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kɹəʊ/
- (US) enPR: krō, IPA(key): /kɹoʊ/
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- Rhymes: -əʊ
crow (plural crows)
- A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles; it has a harsh, croaking call.
1922, E.R. Eddison, The Worm Ouroborus:
- Gaslark in his splendour on the golden stairs saying adieu to those three captains and their matchless armament foredoomed to dogs and crows on Salapanta Hills.
- A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar.
1796, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Folio Society, published 1985, page 267:
- He approached the humble tomb in which Antonia reposed. He had provided himself with an iron crow and a pick-axe: but this precaution was unnecessary.
- The cry of the rooster.
- A gangplank (corvus) used by the Roman navy to board enemy ships.
- (among butchers) The mesentery of an animal.
- American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
- as the crow flies
- Australian crow (Corvus orru)
- Banggai crow (Corvus unicolor)
- bare-faced crow (Corvus tristis)
- Bismarck crow (Corvus insularis)
- black crow (Corvus capensis)
- Bougainville crow (Corvus meeki)
- brown-headed crow (Corvus fuscicapillus)
- cape crow (Corvus capensis)
- carrion crow (Corvus corone)
- Celebes pied crow (Corvus typicus)
- collared crow (Corvus torquatus)
- crow's foot (facial wrinkle)
- Cuban crow (Corvus nasicus)
- Danish crow
- eastern jungle crow (Corvus (macrorhynchos) levaillantii)
- eat crow
- Eurasian crow (Corvus corone)
- fish crow (Corvus ossifragus)
- Flores crow (Corvus florensis)
- grey crow (Corvus tristis)
- Hawaiian crow (Corvus hawaiiensis, Corvus tropicus)
- high-billed crow
- hooded crow (Corvus cornix)
- house crow (Corvus splendens)
- Indian house crow (Corvus splendens)
- Indian jungle crow (Corvus (macrorhynchos) culminatus)
- Iraq pied crow (Corvus (cornix) capellanus)
- Jamaican crow (Corvus jamaicensis)
- jungle crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)
- large-billed crow (Corvus (macrorhynchos) macrorhynchos)
- little crow (Corvus bennetti)
- long-billed crow (Corvus validus)
- Mariana crow (Corvus kubaryi)
- Mesopotamian crow (Corvus (cornix) capellanus)
- New Caledonian crow (Corvus moneduloides)
- New Ireland crow
- northwestern crow (Corvus caurinus)
- palm crow (Corvus palmarum)
- pied crow (Corvus albus)
- piping crow (Corvus typicus)
- Puerto Rican crow (Corvus pumilis)
- Robust crow (Corvus viriosus)
- Salomon Islands crow (Corvus meeki, Corvus woodfordi)
- Scotch crow
- Sinaloan crow (Corvus sinaloae)
- slender-billed crow (Corvus enca)
- Somali crow (Corvus (ruficolis) edithae)
- stone the crows
- Tamaulipas crow (Corvus imparatus)
- Torresian crow (Corvus orru)
- violaceous crow (Corvus (enca) violaceus)
- white-billed crow (Corvus woodfordi)
- white-necked crow (Corvus leucognaphalus)
Middle English crowen, from Old English crāwan (past tense crēow, past participle crāwen), from Proto-Germanic *krēaną (compare Dutch kraaien, German krähen), from Proto-Indo-European *greh₂- ‘to caw, croak’ (compare Lithuanian gróti, Russian гра́ять (grájatʹ)). Related to croak.
- To make the shrill sound characteristic of a rooster; to make a sound in this manner, either in joy, gaiety, or defiance.
(Can we date this quote?), Shakespeare, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- The morning cock crew loud.
- To shout in exultation or defiance; to brag.
2017 September 27, Julianne Tveten, “Zucktown, USA”, in The Baffler:
- Touting its sponsorship of local engineering and sustainability programs, Amazon crows about such “investments” as its dog park, playing fields, art installations, and Buckyball-reminiscent domical gardens.
He's been crowing all day about winning the game of cards.
- To utter a sound expressive of joy or pleasure.
1847, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Princess, Part II:
- the sweetest little maid / That ever crowed for kisses
1868, Anthony Trollope, He Knew He Was Right XI
- The child was at this time about ten months old, and was a strong, hearty, happy infant, always laughing when he was awake and always sleeping when he did not laugh, because his little limbs were free from pain and his little stomach was not annoyed by internal troubles. He kicked, and crowed, and sputtered, when his mother took him, and put up his little fingers to clutch her hair, and was to her as a young god upon the earth. Nothing in the world had ever been created so beautiful, so joyous, so satisfactory, so divine!
- (music) To test the reed of a double reed instrument by placing the reed alone in the mouth and blowing it.
The past tense crew in modern usage is confined to literary and metaphorical uses, usually with reference (conscious or unconscious) to the story of Peter in Luke 22.60.