- (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.
Middle English crowen, from Old English crāwan (past tense crēow, past participle crāwen), from Proto-Germanic *krāhaną (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.
- He's been crowing all day about winning the game of cards.
- To utter a sound expressive of joy or pleasure.
(Can we date this quote?), Tennyson, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- the sweetest little maid that ever crowed for kisses
- (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.