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

  • n. An utterance used by a speaker who is fumbling for words.
  • intransitive 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.
  • intransitive v. To turn to the left.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Fruit of the hawthorn.
  • n. A hedge.
  • interj. An imitation of laughter, often used to express scorn or disbelief. Often doubled or tripled (haw haw or haw haw haw).
  • interj. An instruction for a horse or other animal to turn left.
  • v. To turn left.
  • v. To cause (an animal) to turn left.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hedge; an inclosed garden or yard.
  • n. The fruit of the hawthorn.
  • n. 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.
  • intransitive v. To stop, in speaking, with a sound like haw; to speak with interruption and hesitation.
  • intransitive 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.
  • transitive v. To cause to turn, as a team, to the near side, or toward the driver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To speak with hesitation and the interruption of drawling and unmeaning sounds: as, to hum and haw.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • n. An intermission or hesitation of speech marked by the unmeaning syllable 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.

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

  • n. the nictitating membrane of a horse
  • v. utter `haw'
  • n. a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus


Middle English, from Old English haga.
Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Imitative (Wiktionary)
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)
Unknown (Wiktionary)



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