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An utterance used by a speaker who is fumbling for words.
intr.v. hawed, haw·ing, haws
To fumble in speaking.
1. The fruit of a hawthorn.
2. A hawthorn or similar tree or shrub.
[Middle English, from Old English haga.]
1. A nictitating membrane, especially of a domesticated animal.
2. An inflamed condition of this membrane.
Used to command an animal pulling a load to turn to the left.
intr.v. hawed, haw·ing, haws
To turn to the left.
1. (Plants) the round or oval fruit (a pome) of the hawthorn, usually red or yellow, containing one to five seeds
2. (Plants) another name for hawthorn
[Old English haga, identical with haga hedge; related to Old Norse hagi pasture]
an inarticulate utterance, as of hesitation, embarrassment, etc; hem
1. (intr) to make this sound
2. hem and haw hum and haw See hem23
[C17: of imitative origin]
archaic a yard or close
[of unknown origin]
(Zoology) the nictitating membrane of a horse or other domestic animal
[C15: of unknown origin]
1. to utter a sound representing a hesitation or pause in speech.n.
2. a hesitation; pause.
1. (used as a word of command to a horse or other draft animal, usu. directing it to turn to the left.)v.t., v.i.
2. to turn or make a turn to the left. Compare gee 1.
[1835–45; appar. orig. the imperative haw! look! of Middle English hawen, Old English hāwian; akin to Latin cavēre to beware]
1. the fruit of the hawthorn.
2. the hawthorn.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English haga, presumably identical with haga hedge, fence]
[1515–1525; orig. uncertain]
Past participle: hawed
A verbal command sometimes used instead of reins to direct a horse to turn to the left.
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|Noun||1.||haw - a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus|
Crataegus apiifolia, Crataegus marshallii, parsley haw, parsley-leaved thorn - southern United States hawthorn with pinnately lobed leaves
Crataegus biltmoreana, scarlet haw - common shrub or small tree of the eastern United States having few thorns and white flowers in corymbs followed by bright orange-red berries
Crataegus calpodendron, Crataegus tomentosa, pear haw, pear hawthorn, blackthorn - erect and almost thornless American hawthorn with somewhat pear-shaped berries
cockspur hawthorn, cockspur thorn, Crataegus crus-galli - eastern United States hawthorn with long straight thorns
Crataegus aestivalis, mayhaw, summer haw - hawthorn of southern United States bearing a juicy, acidic, scarlet fruit that is often used in jellies or preserves
Crataegus laevigata, Crataegus oxycantha, whitethorn, English hawthorn, may - thorny Eurasian shrub of small tree having dense clusters of white to scarlet flowers followed by deep red berries; established as an escape in eastern North America
Crataegus monogyna, English hawthorn - European hawthorn having deeply cleft leaves and bright red fruits; widely cultivated in many varieties and often grown as impenetrable hedges; established as an escape in eastern North America
Crataegus coccinea mollis, Crataegus mollis, downy haw, red haw - American red-fruited hawthorn with stems and leaves densely covered with short woolly hairs
Crataegus coccinea, Crataegus pedicellata, red haw - American red-fruited hawthorn with dense corymbs of pink-red flowers
|2.||haw - the nictitating membrane of a horse|
|Verb||1.||haw - utter `haw'; "he hemmed and hawed"|
n (Bot) → Mehlfässchen nt, → Mehlbeere f