Definitions

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

  • n. A jackdaw.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A western jackdaw, Corvus monedula; a bird of crow family, more commonly called jackdaw.
  • n. An idiot, a simpleton; fool.
  • v. To dawn.
  • v. To wake (someone) up.
  • v. To daunt; to terrify.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A European bird of the Crow family (Corvus monedula), often nesting in church towers and ruins; a jackdaw.
  • intransitive v. To dawn.
  • transitive v. To rouse.
  • transitive v. To daunt; to terrify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To become day; dawn.
  • To thrive; prosper; recover health or spirits.
  • To cause to recover one's spirits; hearten; encourage; cheer.
  • To daunt; frighten.
  • n. A jackdaw. See dawcock.
  • n. A foolish, empty fellow.
  • n. A sluggard; a slattern.

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

  • n. common black-and-grey Eurasian bird noted for thievery

Etymologies

Middle English dawe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English dawe, from Old English dāwe, from Proto-Germanic *dēhōn (compare German Dahle, Dohle, dialectal Tach), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰākʷ- (compare Old Prussian doacke ("starling")). (Wiktionary)
Middle English dawen, from Old English dagian ("to dawn"), from Proto-Germanic *dagānan (“to become day, dawn”), from Proto-Germanic *dagaz (“day”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰAǵʰ- (“day”). More at day. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • How, I inquired, did these innocent birds get on with their black neighbours, seeing that the daw is a cunning creature much given to persecution -- a crow, in fact, as black as any of his family?

    Afoot in England

  • Sabi ni Tatay, simulan ko na daw ang mag-diet kundi baka daw iwan ako ng asawa ko.

    Ang Blog ni Sayote Queen

  • "Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said she was absolutely dissatisfied with the arrangement - giving more time for the prosecution to prepare the argument," said Nyan Win, using the respectful term "daw" for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

    Trial of Aung San Suu Kyi nears conclusion

  • There is another kind of daw found in Lybia and Phrygia, which is web-footed.

    The History of Animals

  • For my own part I think that Cain's version is infinitely more humorous and instructive as well, because a "door is not a door" when it is a "daw," which is, indeed, as Cain's answer to the riddle claims it to be, a bird.

    The Autobiography of Methuselah

  • He who is connected with a "daw," or drab, has many troubles to put up with.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

  • I think the Korean management that will relay the reasons of the postpone came in the hotel riding a taxi, I just figured it out because manong taxi driver told us when we rode in that the Korean guy is in a hurry and its about that press con and interview "daw" with tv and media.

    Azrael's Merryland

  • In a 1992 guide she wrote for the national MSA about how to establish a 'daw'ah' table to attract non-Muslims to the faith, she talks about the danger of succumbing to Western pressure to 'water down' Islam to make it fit a Western perspective.

    Bloggers.Pakistan

  • Let the cowls at Salamanca cluster thick as rook and daw!

    The Voyage of Magellan

  • On March 1st 2009, Melanney daw wrote: david cook should ask someone out like carrie undrewood.

    David Cook Dating Kimberly Caldwell

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  • Wad in reverse.

    November 2, 2007