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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Add the crawfish tails, prawns or monkfish and cook for 1 minute. 3.
▪ The name, by the way, is Louisiana slang for one of its chief seafood products, crawfish.
▪ This at least was more interesting than standing at Dora's side. ... The crawfish were popular, Auguste noted with approval.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

crawfish \crawfish\ v. i. to back out in a humilating manner; as, We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him.

Syn: retreat, back out, back away, crawfish out, withdraw.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1620s, variant of crayfish. Not originally an American form. Also in 19c. American English as a verb, "to back out," in reference to the creature's movements.


n. (context Southern US Midwest US and Western US English) (alternative form of crayfish English) vb. (context dialect Southern US English) To backpedal, desert or withdraw, used with ''out''

  1. n. tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly [syn: crayfish, crawdad, ecrevisse]

  2. small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster [syn: crayfish, crawdad, crawdaddy]

  3. large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters [syn: spiny lobster, langouste, rock lobster, crayfish, sea crawfish]

  4. [also: crawfishes (pl)]

  1. v. make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity; "We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him"; "He backed out of his earlier promise"; "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns" [syn: retreat, pull back, back out, back away, crawfish out, pull in one's horns, withdraw]

  2. [also: crawfishes (pl)]

Crawfish (song)

"Crawfish" is a song written by Fred Wise (lyrics) and Ben Weisman (music) and recorded as a duet by the jazz singer Jean "Kitty" Bilbrew (aka. Kitty White) and Elvis Presley.

It was the opening song for Presley's 1958 movie King Creole.

British musician and Clash frontman Joe Strummer described "Crawfish" on his radio-show as one of his favourite Elvis songs. The song and his recommendation were included on the soundtrack to the 2007 documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten.

Crawfish (disambiguation)

Crawfish are a type of freshwater crustacean.

Crawfish may also refer to:

  • Crawfish, a song
  • Crawfish Creek, a stream in Wyoming
  • Crawfish Key, an island in Florida
  • Crawfish Spring, a spring in Georgia
  • Crawfish Interactive, a former video game developer

Usage examples of "crawfish".

I wanted to drive deep into the Atchafalaya Swamp, past the confines of reason, into the past, into a world of lost dialects, gator hunters, busthead whiskey, moss harvesters, Jax beer, trotline runners, moonshiners, muskrat trappers, cockfights, bloodred boudin, a jigger of Jim Beam lowered into a frosted schooner of draft, outlaw shrimpers, dirty rice black from the pot, hogmeat cooked in rum, Pearl and Regal and Grand Prize and Lone Star iced down in washtubs, crawfish boiled with cob corn and artichokes, all of it on the tree-flooded, alluvial rim of the world, where the tides and the course of the sun were the only measures of time.

Manhattanand Sylvie opted for crawfish etouffee with warm French bread.

And now de whole world was eatin Louisiana cookin, Blackened Redfish, Red Snapper, Crawfish etouffee, all dat stuff in dem bays yeah.

He wants some gumbo and jambalaya, blackened catfish and crawfish etouffee, or maybe just a bowl of cool sweet cherries taken from the chiller.

Naturally, he had brought salt and sugar to New Orleans and had returned with French stockings, soaps and perfumes, crawfish, spices, and news.

When Augie brought three steaming mugs of coffee, Albury arranged the crawfish remnants into a makeshift map on the hatch cover.

The drunk between them crawfished away from the bar with his free drink as Longarm smiled thoughtfully down the mahogany and asked if anyone was speaking to him under the impression his handle might be Julesburg.

There were also piles and piles of mass produced bric-a-brac for the tourist trade: overpriced feathered masks, plastic krewe doubloons from Mardi Gras past, rubber crawfish keyrings, suitably primitive-looking voodoo dolls that came with pins included.

Phosphorescent plankton scattered in bright green shreds as he stroked up the creek toward the hijacked crawfish boat.

But I figure you and me gonna pull us some fat fucking crawfish out of the Cobia Hole this morning, and I'll be fixed just fine.

As he crawfished back under the blackjacks, Minerva protested, "I couldn't repel a charge with this toy if I knew how to use it!

The run-boat was loading live crawfish and conches and a deck load of conch shells and empty gasoline and Diesel oil drums and the islanders stood in line in the heavy wind waiting their turn in the cabin.

The first catches had been good, but in twenty-five years, man and boy, of crawfishing, Albury had seen more than one bonanza dry up overnight.

Spector felt bad about crawfishing, but really didn't want to go back to the Marriott.

You may have taken the simple truth as crawfishing, but let's get one thing straight.