haw

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See also: Haw, Haw., hAw, and HAw

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.
Usage notes[edit]
  • (an imitation of laughter): In the US, haw is rare (it was more used in the past), 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]

From 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 *kagʰom (compare Welsh cae (hedge), Latin caulae (sheepfold, enclosure), cohum (strap between plowbeam and yoke), Russian кош (koš, tent), коша́ра (košára, sheepfold), Sanskrit कक्ष (kakṣa, curtain wall)), from *kagʰ- '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.
    Synonym: hawthorn berry
  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 (See gee).
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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.
    Antonym: gee
  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.
    Antonym: gee
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Etymology 4[edit]

Uncertain.

Noun[edit]

haw (plural haws)

  1. (anatomy) The third eyelid, or nictitating membrane.
  2. A disease of the 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.
(See the entry for haw in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

Anagrams[edit]


Jingpho[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Burmese ဟော (hau:)

Verb[edit]

haw

  1. to preach

References[edit]

  • Kurabe, Keita (2016-12-31) , “Phonology of Burmese loanwords in Jinghpaw”, in Kyoto University Linguistic Research[1], volume 35, DOI:10.14989/219015, ISSN 1349-7804, pages 91–128

Kalasha[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit हल (hala), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰh₁ol-. Cognate with Lithuanian žúolis.

Noun[edit]

haw

  1. plough

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

haw

  1. Alternative form of hawe

Scanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse haf, from Proto-Germanic *habą.

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Noun[edit]

haw n (definite singular haweð, plural haw)

  1. sea

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