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Etymology 1 interj. 1 An imitation of laughter, often used to express scorn or disbelief. Often doubled or tripled (''haw haw'' or ''haw haw haw''). 2 An intermission or hesitation of speech, with a sound somewhat like "haw"; the sound so made. vb. To stop, in speaking, with a sound like ''haw''; to speak with interruption and hesitation. Etymology 2

n. 1 Fruit of the hawthorn. 2 (context historical English) A hedge. Etymology 3

interj. An instruction for a horse or other animal to turn towards the driver, typically left. vb. 1 (context of an animal English) To turn towards the driver, typically to the left. 2 To cause (an animal) to turn left. Etymology 4

n. (context anatomy English) The third eyelid, or nictitating membrane.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

haw

Hawthorn \Haw"thorn`\ (h[add]"th[^o]rn`), n. [AS. haga[thorn]orn, h[ae]g[thorn]orn. See Haw a hedge, and Thorn.] (Bot.) A thorny shrub or tree (the Crat[ae]gus oxyacantha), having deeply lobed, shining leaves, small, roselike, fragrant flowers, and a fruit called haw. It is much used in Europe for hedges, and for standards in gardens. The American hawthorn is Crat[ae]gus cordata, which has the leaves but little lobed.

Gives not the hawthorn bush a sweeter shade To shepherds?
--Shak.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

haw

"enclosure," Old English haga "enclosure, hedge," from Proto-Germanic *hag- (cognates: Old Norse hagi, Old Saxon hago, German Hag "hedge;" Middle Dutch hage, Dutch haag, as in the city name The Hague). See hag and hedge (n.). Meaning "fruit of the hawthorn bush" (Old English) is perhaps short for *hægberie.

haw

"hesitate in speech," 1580s, imitative. Related: Hawed; hawing. The noun in this sense is from c.1600. Haw-haw "style of affected enunciation" is from 1841, imitative.

WordNet

haw

  1. n. a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus [syn: hawthorn]

  2. the nictitating membrane of a horse

haw

v. utter `haw'; "he hemmed and hawed"

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

haw

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ VERB
hem
▪ He hemmed, he hawed, he guffawed.
▪ They hemmed and hawed and fiddled with the data, and called for more aid and more research.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
hem and haw
▪ Floyd hemmed and hawed when he was asked to introduce himself.
▪ They hemmed and hawed and fiddled with the data, and called for more aid and more research.
hum and haw
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Haw

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Gazetteer

Usage examples of "haw".

Herbalists talk about Jalap and Black Haw, but to the uninitiated Bindweed and Guelder Rose are far more familiar, and it is under these names that they will be found in this herbal.

Haw, and that Hasting should remain there while I crossed in a boat and proceeded on foot to the Lodge at Wainlode.

It must surely have been Raffles Haw with whom Hector Spurling had come in contact.

Removing the brigandine, they found the inside of the velvet-padded armour covered in small droplets of wet blood, looking not unlike the hips and haws which decorate rose briars and hawthorns in the autumn.

A large broad-headed hammer lay upon the ground, and with this Haw had apparently set himself to destroy all his apparatus, having first used his electrical machines to reduce to protyle all the stock of gold which he had accumulated.

This was how Yad would protect and turn aside the gaze of a seeker from that on which it was drawn, how Traw would make invisible things visible, and haw Pern would focus the thoughts of those who looked upon it for rationality, justice, and law.

So he did the strong-man on the devotchka, who was still creech creech creeching away in very horrorshow four-in-a-bar, locking her rookers from the back, while I ripped away at this and that and the other, the others going haw haw haw still, and real good horrorshow groodies they were that then exhibited their pink glazzies, O my brothers, while I untrussed and got ready for the plunge.

They hemmed, hawed, suggested that the waitron was befuddled by the Big Change, and commanded it to stop boring the distinguished guest with ridiculous babble and leave the room.

Red hips and haws decorated the hedgerows and fallen leaves and beechnut casings strewed the driveway up to the big house.

Mac Beckett, Jo Bourne, Rob Carr, Leigh Cooper, Lisa Dillon, Walter Hawn, Nurmi Husa, Susan Leigh, Rosina Lippi, Susan Martin, Sandra Parshall, Susan Lynn Peterson, Stephen Ratterman, Beth Shope, Elise Skidmore, Jack Turley, Arnold Wagner, Karen Watson, and Michael Lee West.

It must surely have been Raffles Haw with whom Hector Spurling had come in contact.

Motioning his visitor into a chair, Raffles Haw pulled off his coat, and, turning up the sleeves of his coarse flannel shirt, he began to plunge and scrub in the warm water which flowed from a tap in the wall.

Breakfast had hardly been cleared in the morning, and Robert had not yet ascended to his work, when there came a timid tapping at the door, and there was Raffles Haw on the mat outside.

The McIntyre family was seated at breakfast on the morning which followed the first visit of Raffles Haw, when they were surprised to hear the buzz and hum of a multitude of voices in the village street.

In every good deed, however, Raffles Haw still remained in the background, while the vicar and Robert had the pleasant task of conveying his benefits to the lowly and the suffering.