American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An utterance used by a speaker who is fumbling for words.
- v. To fumble in speaking.
- n. The fruit of a hawthorn.
- n. A hawthorn or similar tree or shrub.
- n. A nictitating membrane, especially of a domesticated animal.
- n. An inflamed condition of this membrane.
- interj. Used to command an animal pulling a load to turn to the left.
- v. To turn to the left.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inclosed piece of land; a hedged inclosure; a small field; a yard.
- n. Specifically A churchyard.
- n. A green plot in a valley.
- n. The fruit of the hawthorn, Cratægus Oxyacantha.
- n. The fruit of any of the species of Cratægus.
- n. The plant which bears such fruit: usually with some qualifying word denoting, for the most part, the character of the fruit. Thus, in America, the apple-haw is Cratægus æstivalis; the hog's-haw, C. brachyacantha; the parsley-haw, C. apiifolia; the pear-haw, C. tomentosa; the red or scarlet haw, C. coccinea; the summer haw or yellow haw, C. flava, etc.
- n. The Viburnum prunifolium, the black haw of the United States. See Viburnum.
- n. Any berry.
- n. Proverbially, a thing of no value.
- n. An excrescence in the eye; specifically, in farriery, a diseased or disordered condition of the third eyelid of a horse: generally in the plural, haws.
- n. The third eyelid, nictitating membrane, or winker of a horse.
- To look: used especially in the imperative, haw! or look haw! to call attention.
- An exclamation used by a driver to his horses or oxen, to command them to turn to the left. See haw, verb
- To turn to the left: the opposite of gee: said of horses and cattle.
- To turn or cause to come to the near side: as, to haw oxen.
- Blue; azure.
- An unmeaning syllable marking the pauses of hesitating speech. It takes various vocal forms, variously indicated in writing. See the etymology.
- n. An intermission or hesitation of speech marked by the unmeaning syllable haw.
- To speak with hesitation and the interruption of drawling and unmeaning sounds: as, to hum and haw.
- n. Cratægus tomentosa, the pear-haw, and sometimes C. Douglasii, the Western haw.
- n. Same as May-haw.
- n. The inner eyelid or nictitating membrane of dogs: usually concealed, but noticeable in the bloodhound.
- interj. An instruction for a horse or other animal to turn left.
- v. of an animal To turn left.
- v. To cause (an animal) to turn left.
- interj. An imitation of laughter, often used to express scorn or disbelief. Often doubled or tripled (haw haw or haw haw haw).
- n. Fruit of the hawthorn.
- n. historical A hedge.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A hedge; an inclosed garden or yard.
- n. The fruit of the hawthorn.
- n. (Anat.) The third eyelid, or nictitating membrane. See Nictitating membrane, under nictitate.
- n. An intermission or hesitation of speech, with a sound somewhat like
haw!also, the sound so made.
- v. To stop, in speaking, with a sound like
haw; to speak with interruption and hesitation.
- v. To turn to the near side, or toward the driver; -- said of cattle or a team: a word used by teamsters in guiding their teams, and most frequently in the imperative. See gee.
- v. To cause to turn, as a team, to the near side, or toward the driver.
- n. the nictitating membrane of a horse
- v. utter `haw'
- n. a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus
- 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 *kaghon (compare Welsh cae ("hedge"), Latin caulae ("sheepfold, enclosure"), cohum ("strap between plowbeam and yoke"), Russian кош (koš, "tent"), кошара (košára, "sheepfold"), Sanskrit कक्ष (kakṣa, "curtain wall"), from *kaghe/o 'to catch, grasp' (compare Welsh cau ("to clasp"), Oscan kahad ("may he seize"), Albanian kam, ke ("to have, hold")). (Wiktionary)
- Imitative.Middle English, from Old English haga.Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The wintry haw is burning out of season, crab of the thorn, a small light for small people, wanting no more from them but that they keep the wick of self-respect from dying out, not having to blind them with illumination.”
“You may thus, indeed, make your hall or mansion into a little fortified place, with fosse and counter-scarp, and covered way, and glacis; or at any rate, you may put a plain English haw-haw ditch and fence all round the sacred enclosure; and depend upon it that you will find the good effects of this extra expense in the anti-rheumatic tendencies of your habitation.”
“This membrane is commonly called the haw, and is susceptible of attacks of inflammation, which cause it to swell, frequently even closing up the eye.”
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“So saying, the Duchess rose, and the Major, bowing gallantly gave her the limb she demanded, and went off with her, 'haw'-ing in his best and most ponderous manner.”
“KAGAN: I - I think you should want me to act on the basis of law, and - and that is what I have upheld to do, if I'm fortunate enough to be concerned - to be confirmed, is to act on the basis of haw, which is the Constitutions and the statutes of the United States.”
“Please state that noesis and flick titles haw depart modify those acquirable here in the states.”
“More likely he just decided the long "haw" sound was gentler on the ear than the short "ha" sound.”
“But the word "haw" is misapplied, because it really means a”
“[Transcriber's Note: "haw" near the end of chapter 15 appears to be a misprint for "hawk".]”
“Harold hitching up his collar and with the "haw" sound saying, "I rather think they were.”
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