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Definition of HAW

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Haw \Haw\ (h[add]), n. [OE. hawe, AS. haga; akin to D. haag headge, G. hag, hecke, Icel. hagi pasture, Sw. hage, Dan. have garden. [root]12. Cf. {Haggard}, {Ha-ha}, {Haugh}, {Hedge}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. A hedge; an inclosed garden or yard.
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              And eke there was a polecat in his haw. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     2. The fruit of the hawthorn. --Bacon.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Haw \Haw\, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Anat.) The third eyelid, or nictitating membrane. See {Nictitating membrane}, under {Nictitate}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Haw \Haw\, n. [Cf. ha an interjection of wonder, surprise, or hesitation.] An intermission or hesitation of speech, with a sound somewhat like haw! also, the sound so made. "Hums or haws."
     --Congreve.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Haw \Haw\, v. i.
     To stop, in speaking, with a sound like haw; to speak with interruption and hesitation. [1913 Webster]

           Cut it short; don't prose -- don't hum and haw.
                                                    --Chesterfield. [1913 Webster]

     {hemming and hawing} speaking hesitantly and inarticulately, with numerous pauses and interjections. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Haw \Haw\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hawed} (h[add]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hawing}.] [Written also hoi.] [Perhaps connected with here, hither; cf., however, F. huhau, hurhau, hue, interj. used in turning a horse to the right, G. hott, h["u], interj. used in calling to a horse.] To turn to the near side, or toward the driver; -- said of cattle or a team: a word used by teamsters in guiding their teams, and most frequently in the imperative. See {Gee}. [1913 Webster]

     {To haw and gee}, or {To haw and gee about}, to go from one thing to another without good reason; to have no settled purpose; to be irresolute or unstable. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Haw \Haw\, v. t.
     To cause to turn, as a team, to the near side, or toward the driver; as, to haw a team of oxen. [1913 Webster]

     {To haw and gee}, or {To haw and gee about}, to lead this way and that at will; to lead by the nose; to master or control. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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. [1913 Webster]

           Gives not the hawthorn bush a sweeter shade To shepherds?                            --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

41 Moby Thesaurus words for "haw":
     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


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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