Definition of caw in English:

caw

noun

  • The harsh cry of a rook, crow, or similar bird.

    • ‘A raven cried from a tree top, its caw echoing over a beaver-meadow of scarlet pitcher plants.’
    • ‘Breeding adults may emit caws, sighs or hissing calls.’
    • ‘She heard caws and shrieks, but she didn't have time to try to analyze all of them.’
    • ‘As I entered the park just beyond the lane, my thoughts were again interrupted, this time by a short series of caws coming from three crows flying overhead.’
    • ‘A caw sounded and she looked up to see a large crow sitting on a bright streetlamp.’
    • ‘For example, in Disneyland there are fake birds worked by electric motors which emit caws and shrieks as you pass by them.’
    • ‘He could just make out tropical birds flitting from tree to tree their faint caws echoing up from the valley.’
    • ‘Closing her eyes and trying to sleep, she suddenly heard the familiar caw of a crow from above in the tree.’
    • ‘Young himself appears to favor not the lofty melodies of tradition's songbirds but the crows' familiar caw caw.’
    • ‘Crows crept over the shreds of flesh, silent but for the flapping out of black wings and a few angry caws.’
    • ‘The bird seemed to answer this time, with another caw.’
    • ‘A large raven sat perched upon the fence and gave a loud, obnoxious caw.’
    • ‘The sound of caws resonated through the forest.’
    • ‘Instead I was met with the harsh caw of a crow, breaking the eerie silence.’
    • ‘Didn't get much birding in this weekend as a result of the closet ordeal but I did notice that a blue jay in our neighborhood is mimicking the crows very well, only its caws are much softer and a bit rapid - impressive nonetheless.’
    • ‘The crow's caw is much more harsh and resonant than that of the rook.’
    • ‘Similarly her voice possesses a strange avian quality somewhere between a dulcet caw, a folk drawl and that associated with young children.’
    • ‘The ground was hard and brown and rocky, parched, but the caw of birds from a nearby grove of olive trees muted the sound of my footsteps.’
    • ‘Otherworldly caws, a sound they produce only when they are at sea, enable the sociable birds to maintain contact even in stormy conditions.’
    • ‘Not for her, of course, left swinging in a cave to the caw of crows, but so the rest of us can go on.’
    screech, squeal, shriek, scream, croak, crow, caw, cluck, clack, cackle, hoot, cry, call
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verb

[no object]
  • Utter a caw.

    ‘rooks cawed in the dark trees’
    • ‘Outside, Lindsay thought he heard a crow cawing.’
    • ‘On one of the lightning rods, a crow sits and caws.’
    • ‘The bell has tolled, the crow has cawed in ominous overtones, there's been a dark and stormy night, and now finally we know the results of the election.’
    • ‘They aren't cawing; no, that would be creepy enough because I hate crows as it is.’
    • ‘Branches against the window creak and caw in the wind like birds.’
    • ‘But it's also a rustic idyll - an extensively renovated old style estate cottage in the middle of a copse of tall tree where rooks caw incessantly in the Spring sunshine.’
    • ‘The crows are great as harbingers of spring but wear out their welcome quickly by shamelessly eating songbird eggs and cawing endlessly about absolutely nothing on the oaks surrounding my yard.’
    • ‘Somewhere a crow caws, and in the far distance those black birds endlessly circle a spot on the western edge of the world.’
    • ‘They took off, cawing as they flew towards the rising sun.’
    • ‘Thrushes sing in the green shrubbery; rooks caw in the elms.’
    • ‘Something in the tall trees by the pavilion was cawing raucously.’
    • ‘At dawn, just when one has forgotten about him for a minute and dozed off, a crow caws loudly.’
    • ‘Rooks caw in the trees, jackdaws nest in their new chimney, sparrows feed on neighbours' tables.’
    • ‘In one funeral scene, not only does the coffin break open to reveal the corpse, but also a black crow begins ominously cawing.’
    • ‘A raven cawed as the light began to fade and the wind partially subsided.’
    • ‘A giant parrot flies up and lands on my shoulder and caws because he hasn't learned to talk yet.’
    • ‘It's like having a crow caw constantly in your ear at noon every weekday, and then suddenly being told that it's going to be replaced with something else.’
    • ‘She looked over to the window and saw a midnight crow sitting on the balcony, cawing arrogantly.’
    • ‘The crow landed on her shoulder and cawed again.’
    • ‘Sometimes when they fly over me they look me in the eye and caw.’
    • ‘A great flock of multicoloured tropical birds burst forth from the depths of the jungle, cawing and squawking as they rose ever higher into the air.’
    • ‘Startled birds fluttered out of their black recesses; crows awoke in the trees and cawed their alarms.’
    screech, squeal, shriek, scream, croak, crow, caw, cluck, clack, cackle, hoot, cry, call
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Origin

Late 16th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

caw

/kɔː/