noun pl. Crow,
- 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 Crow Translation 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.
Middle English crowe, from Old English crāwe, from Proto-Germanic *krāwō (compare West Frisian krie, Dutch kraai, German Krähe), from *krāhaną ‘to crow’. See below.
(third-person singular simple present crows, present participle crowing, simple past crowed or crew (Br. Eng. sense 1 only), past participle crowed)
- To make the shrill sound characteristic of a rooster; to make a sound in this manner, either in joy, gaiety, or defiance.
- To shout in exultation or defiance; to brag.
- He's been crowing all day about winning the game of cards.
- To utter a sound expressive of joy or pleasure.
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.