Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several large glossy black birds of the genus Corvus, having a characteristic raucous call, especially C. brachyrhynchos of North America.
  • n. A crowbar.
  • idiom as the crow flies In a straight line.
  • intransitive v. To utter the shrill cry characteristic of a cock or rooster.
  • intransitive v. To exult loudly, as over another's defeat; boast. See Synonyms at boast1.
  • intransitive v. To make a sound expressive of pleasure or well-being, characteristic of an infant.
  • n. The shrill cry of a cock.
  • n. An inarticulate sound expressive of pleasure or delight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles; it has a harsh, croaking call.
  • n. A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar.
  • n. The cry of the rooster.
  • v. To make the shrill sound characteristic of a rooster; to make a sound in this manner, either in joy, gaiety, or defiance.
  • v. To shout in exultation or defiance; to brag.
  • v. To utter a sound expressive of joy or pleasure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles. It has a harsh, croaking note. See Caw.
  • n. A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar.
  • n. The cry of the cock. See Crow, v. i., 1.
  • n. The mesentery of a beast; -- so called by butchers.
  • intransitive v. To make the shrill sound characteristic of a cock, either in joy, gayety, or defiance.
  • intransitive v. To shout in exultation or defiance; to brag.
  • intransitive v. To utter a sound expressive of joy or pleasure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cry as a cock; utter the characteristic cry of a cock.
  • To boast in triumph; vaunt; vapor; swagger: absolutely, or with over or about.
  • To utter a shouting sound expressive of pleasure, as an infant.
  • To announce by crowing.
  • n. The characteristic cry of the cock: sometimes applied to a similar cry of some other bird.
  • n. A general name including most birds of the genus Corrus and of the family Corvidæ; especially, one of the Corvinæ. See these three words.
  • n. A name of several birds of other families. See the phrases below.
  • n. The constellation Corvus.
  • n. The mesentery or ruffle of a beast: so called by butchers.
  • n. One who watches or stands guard while another commits a theft; a confederate in a robbery.
  • n. A crowbar.
  • n. A device for holding a gas- or water-main in position while it is tapped for a service-pipe.
  • n. In the West Indies, particularly in Jamaica, the black vulture, Catharista atrata.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the cry of a cock (or an imitation of it)
  • v. utter shrill sounds
  • n. a small quadrilateral constellation in the southern hemisphere near Virgo
  • v. dwell on with satisfaction
  • v. express pleasure verbally
  • n. a Siouan language spoken by the Crow
  • n. a member of the Siouan people formerly living in eastern Montana
  • n. black birds having a raucous call
  • n. an instance of boastful talk

Etymologies

Middle English croue, from Old English crāwe; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, from the resemblance of its forked end to a crow's foot or beak.
Middle English crouen, from Old English crāwan; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English crowe, from Old English crāwe, from Proto-Germanic *krāwō (compare West Frisian krie, Dutch kraai, German Krähe), from *krāhanan ‘to crow’. See below. (Wiktionary)
Middle English crowen, from Old English crāwan, from Proto-Germanic *krāhanan (compare Dutch kraaien, German krähen), from Proto-Indo-European *greh₂- ‘to caw, croak’ (compare Lithuanian gróti, Russian граять (grájat')). Related to croak. (Wiktionary)

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  • Why is that roosters crow but crows caw?

    November 10, 2008

  • "Navy-speak for the enlisted rank insignia worn on the left arm of a uniform by petty officers. The insignia consists of an eagle perched atop one to three chevrons. (Unlike a crow, a chief petty officer's anchors are worn on the collar.) One favorite, albeit illegal, Navy ritual is to "tack" on the crows of newly promoted petty officers. Supposedly the new crow will be prevented from coming off if every enlisted person of a higher rank takes turns hammering it into the arm of the wearer with their fists (although, it has been proven that this does not actually work in some cases.)"
    - rubbermice.com

    February 27, 2008

  • A cold, croaking, coal-colored crow clawed corn and cawed.

    --Tongue Twisters and Tricky Tanglers by Duncan Emrich

    September 11, 2007