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haw

Noun

1 a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus [syn: hawthorn]
2 the nictitating membrane of a horse v : utter `haw'; "he hemmed and hawed"

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Imitative

Interjection

  1. An imitation of laughter, often used to express scorn or disbelief. Often doubled or tripled (haw haw or haw haw haw).
    You think that song was good? Haw!

Usage notes

Translations

an imitation of laughter

Etymology 2

haga.

Noun

  1. Fruit of the hawthorn.
  2. A hedge.
Translations
hawthorn
hedge

Etymology 3

Unknown

Interjection

  1. An instruction for a horse or other animal to turn left.
Translations
an instruction for a horse or other animal to turn left

Verb

  1. In the context of "of an animal": To turn left.
    This horse won't haw when I tell him to.
  2. To cause (an animal) to turn left.
    You may have to go to the front of the pack and physically haw the lead dog.

Extensive Definition

Haw may refer to: The fruit of the Common Hawthorn or its relatives:
    • Haw flakes, Chinese sweets made from the fruit of the Chinese hawthorn
Places:
  • New Haw, a village in Surrey
  • Haw River, a tributary of the Cape Fear River in north central North Carolina
People:
  • Brian Haw (born 1949), British Parliament square protester
  • Haw. in botanical nomenclature stands for Adrian Hardy Haworth, an English entomologist and botanist
See also:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

avert, bear off, draw aside, ease off, edge off, falter, fly off, gee, glance, glance off, go off, halt, head off, hem, hem and haw, hesitate, hum, hum and haw, jib, make way for, mammer, move aside, sheer off, shove aside, shunt, shy, shy off, side, sidestep, sidetrack, sidle, stammer, steer clear of, step aside, stumble, stutter, switch, turn aside, turn away, turn back, veer off
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