- The definition of a crow is a glossy black bird, or the high-pitched sound of a rooster.
- An example of a crow is a raven.
- An example of a crow is the cock-a-doodle-do of a rooster in the morning.
- To crow is to make a loud and shrill cry, or to boast about something.
- An example of to crow is to make a sound like a rooster.
- An example of to crow is to proudly talk about a raise.
- any of a genus (Corvus) of large, nonmigratory corvids with glossy black plumage and a typical harsh call, including the raven, rook, and jackdaw
- certain other unrelated birds, as the turkey vulture
- Rare a crowbar
Origin of crowMiddle English croue ; from Old English crawa, akin to German krähe, Old Norse kraka ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ger-, echoic of hoarse cry from source crake, crane, crack
as the crow flies
- to make the shrill cry of a rooster
- to boast in triumph; exult: to crow over a victory
- to make a sound expressive of well-being or pleasure, as a baby does
Origin of crowMiddle English crouen ; from Old English crawan: for Indo-European base see crow
- pl. Crows or a member of a North American Indian people living in the upper basins of the Yellowstone and Bighorn rivers
- the Siouan language of this people
Origin of Crow; from French gens de corbeaux, literally , raven people, translated, translation of Crow apsáaloke, crow people
- Any of several large glossy black birds of the genus Corvus, having a characteristic raucous call, especially C. brachyrhynchos of North America.
- A crowbar.
Origin of crowMiddle English croue, from Old English crawe; see ger&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, from the resemblance of its forked end to a crow's foot or beak.
intransitive verbcrowed, crow·ing, crows
- To utter the shrill cry characteristic of a rooster.
- To exult over an accomplishment or piece of good fortune; boast. See Synonyms at boast1.
- To make a sound expressive of pleasure or well-being, characteristic of an infant.
- The shrill cry of a rooster.
- An inarticulate sound expressive of pleasure or delight.
Origin of crowMiddle English crouen, from Old English crawan; see ger&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
nounpl. Crow or Crows
- A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting an area of the northern Great Plains between the Platte and Yellowstone Rivers, now located in southeast Montana. The Crow became nomadic buffalo hunters after migrating west from the Missouri River in North Dakota in the 18th century.
- The Siouan language of the Crow.
Origin of CrowTranslation of terms for the Crow people in many Native American languages, such as Lakota, Yanktonai, and Santee khą&ggr;í wičhasa, crow man : khą&ggr;í , crow + wičhasa, man.
- A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles; it has a harsh, croaking call.
- A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar.
- The cry of the rooster.
- A gangplank (corvus) used by the Roman navy to board enemy ships.
- (among butchers) The mesentery of an animal.
(third-person singular simple present crows, present participle crowing, simple past crowed or crew (Br. Eng. sense 1 only), past participle crowed)
Middle English crowen, from Old English crāwan (past tense crēow, past participle crāwen), from Proto-Germanic *krāhaną (compare Dutch kraaien, German krähen), from Proto-Indo-European *greh₂- ‘to caw, croak’ (compare Lithuanian gróti, Russian граять (grájat')). Related to croak.
- A Native American tribe.
- The Siouan language of this tribe.
- A surname.