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Daw \Daw\ (d[add]), n. [OE. dawe; akin to OHG. t[=a]ha, MHG. t[=a]he, t[=a]hele, G. dohle. Cf. Caddow.] (Zo["o]l.) A European bird of the Crow family ( Corvus monedula), often nesting in church towers and ruins; a jackdaw.

The loud daw, his throat displaying, draws The whole assembly of his fellow daws.

Note: The daw was reckoned as a silly bird, and a daw meant a simpleton. See in Shakespeare: -- ``Then thou dwellest with daws too.'' (
--Coriolanus iv. 5, 1. 47.)


Daw \Daw\, v. i. [OE. dawen. See Dawn.] To dawn. [Obs.] See Dawn.


Daw \Daw\, v. t. [Contr. fr. Adaw.]

  1. To rouse. [Obs.]

  2. To daunt; to terrify. [Obs.]
    --B. Jonson.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Proto-Germanic *dakhwo (cognates: Old High German taha, German Dohle), perhaps imitative of bird's cry. Medieval Latin tacula, Italian taccola are said to be Germanic loan words.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A western jackdaw, ''Coloeus monedula''; a bird of crow family, more commonly called jackdaw. 2 (context obsolete English) An idiot, a simpleton; fool. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context obsolete outside Scotland English) To dawn. 2 (context obsolete English) To wake (someone) up.


n. common black-and-gray Eurasian bird noted for thievery [syn: jackdaw, Corvus monedula]


Dâw may refer to:

  • Dâw people: An indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest
  • Dâw language: The Nadahup language spoken by the Dâw people
Daw (surname)

Daw is a surname.

Those bearing it include:

  • John Daw (1870–1965), American Navajo military scout
  • Marjorie Daw (actress) (1902–1979), American
  • Leila Daw (born 1940), American artist
  • Kinkar Daw (born 1940), Indian cricketer
  • Carl P. Daw Jr. (born 1944), American religious leader
  • Chris Daw (born 1970), Canadian athlete
  • Jeff Daw (born 1972), Canadian hockey player
  • Majak Daw (born 1991), Australian footballer
Daw (given name)

Daw is a given name.

Those bearing it include:

  • Daw Meskine, a French Imam and Secretary General of the French Council for Imams
  • Daw Penjo, Bhutanese diplomat
  • Daw, the nickname of Dave McGrath, an Irish hurling player


Usage examples of "daw".

Do you two entertain sir John Daw with discourse, while I send her away with instructions.

DAUP: And your favour, lady: but we stay to speak with a knight, sir John Daw, who is here come.

CLER: Will you speak so kindly to sir John Daw, that has done you such an affront?

CLER: Ay, if we can hold up the emulation betwixt Foole and Daw, and never bring them to expostulate.

Now you shall have the bear, cousin, and sir John Daw the horse, and I will have the bull still.

TRUE: Well then, if I make them not wrangle out this case to his no comfort, let me be thought a Jack Daw or La-Foole or anything worse.

Nay, sir Daw, and sir La-Foole, you see the gentlewoman that has done you the favours!

Alfred Daws, Robert Stewart, Allan Beckensdale, Sydney Myers, all fellows he knew well.

I can guarantee you that Lady Daws sees that in Papa, and the fact that she is Lady Daws does not mean that she is not in need of support.

The son, Byron Daws, goes to university with your young swain, you know.

That Lord Daws himself was nearly cast out of the family when he married her.

Lady Daws stated, her voice low and ever cultured, but carrying with it such malice that Kat was chilled.

She had been glad to see Isabella Daws discomfited, but something dark seemed to have fallen over her beautiful afternoon.

He was somewhere with Lady Daws, something to do with the sale of his art.

Ah, with all the good fortune, Lady Daws is still about, playing the grand dame!