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haw 1

An utterance used by a speaker who is fumbling for words.
intr.v. hawed, haw·ing, haws
To fumble in speaking.


haw 2

1. The fruit of a hawthorn.
2. A hawthorn or similar tree or shrub.

[Middle English, from Old English haga.]

haw 3

1. A nictitating membrane, especially of a domesticated animal.
2. An inflamed condition of this membrane.

[Origin unknown.]

haw 4

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]


n, interj
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.
2. a hesitation; pause.
[1625–35; imitative]



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
Gerund: hawing

I haw
you haw
he/she/it haws
we haw
you haw
they haw
I hawed
you hawed
he/she/it hawed
we hawed
you hawed
they hawed
Present Continuous
I am hawing
you are hawing
he/she/it is hawing
we are hawing
you are hawing
they are hawing
Present Perfect
I have hawed
you have hawed
he/she/it has hawed
we have hawed
you have hawed
they have hawed
Past Continuous
I was hawing
you were hawing
he/she/it was hawing
we were hawing
you were hawing
they were hawing
Past Perfect
I had hawed
you had hawed
he/she/it had hawed
we had hawed
you had hawed
they had hawed
I will haw
you will haw
he/she/it will haw
we will haw
you will haw
they will haw
Future Perfect
I will have hawed
you will have hawed
he/she/it will have hawed
we will have hawed
you will have hawed
they will have hawed
Future Continuous
I will be hawing
you will be hawing
he/she/it will be hawing
we will be hawing
you will be hawing
they will be hawing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hawing
you have been hawing
he/she/it has been hawing
we have been hawing
you have been hawing
they have been hawing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hawing
you will have been hawing
he/she/it will have been hawing
we will have been hawing
you will have been hawing
they will have been hawing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hawing
you had been hawing
he/she/it had been hawing
we had been hawing
you had been hawing
they had been hawing
I would haw
you would haw
he/she/it would haw
we would haw
you would haw
they would haw
Past Conditional
I would have hawed
you would have hawed
he/she/it would have hawed
we would have hawed
you would have hawed
they would have hawed


A verbal command sometimes used instead of reins to direct a horse to turn to the left.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Haw - a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegushaw - a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus
Crataegus, genus Crataegus - thorny shrubs and small trees: hawthorn; thorn; thorn apple
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 oxyacantha, evergreen thorn - evergreen hawthorn of southeastern Europe
Crataegus coccinea, Crataegus pedicellata, red haw - American red-fruited hawthorn with dense corymbs of pink-red flowers
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
2.haw - the nictitating membrane of a horse
nictitating membrane, third eyelid - a protective fold of skin in the eyes of reptiles and birds and some mammals
Verb1.haw - utter `haw'; "he hemmed and hawed"
let loose, let out, utter, emit - express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"


1 [hɔː] Nbaya f del espino


2 [hɔː] VI to hem and haw; hum and haw (= be indecisive) → vacilar; (= express reservations) → poner reparos


n (= hawthorn berry) → cenelle f
to hem and haw, to hum and haw (British) (= hesitate) → balancer


n (Bot) → Mehlfässchen nt, → Mehlbeere f


[hɔː] n (Bot) → bacca di biancospino
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And when the proud forest is falling, To my oxen cheerfully calling, From morn until night I am bawling, Whoa, back there, and haw and gee; Till our labor is mutually ended, By my strength and cattle befriended, And against the mosquitoes defended By the bark of the walnut-trees.
Reads, reproducing her pronunciation exactly] "Cheer ap, Keptin; n' haw ya flahr orf a pore gel.
He laughs suddenly haw from an eager exulting face, then haw again, and then, when you are thanking heaven that it is at last over, comes a final haw, louder than the others.
He was hollow-eyed; he was muddy; there was not a haw left in him.
I tell you your party is rotten and filled with grafters, and instead of flying into a rage you hum and haw and admit there is a great deal in what I say.
I was going to say that when I listened that morning, I listened with hadmiration amounting to haw.
I was a mile from Thornfield, in a lane noted for wild roses in summer, for nuts and blackberries in autumn, and even now possessing a few coral treasures in hips and haws, but whose best winter delight lay in its utter solitude and leafless repose.
And this blessed gift of venerating love has been given to too many humble craftsmen since the world began for us to feel any surprise that it should have existed in the soul of a Methodist carpenter half a century ago, while there was yet a lingering after-glow from the time when Wesley and his fellow-labourer fed on the hips and haws of the Cornwall hedges, after exhausting limbs and lungs in carrying a divine message to the poor.
The difficulty now was to find timber of sufficient size for the construction of canoes, the trees in these high mountain regions being chiefly a scrubbed growth of pines and cedars, aspens, haws, and service-berries, and a small kind of cotton-tree, with a leaf resembling that of the willow.
cries the lawyer, twinkling; "for some of these fellows will pick up names by the roadside as another would gather haws.
We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it,--if it were not the earth where the same flowers come up again every spring that we used to gather with our tiny fingers as we sat lisping to ourselves on the grass; the same hips and haws on the autumn's hedgerows; the same redbreasts that we used to call "God's birds," because they did no harm to the precious crops.
In December, Mr Haw, with the support of his wife Ginny and elder daughter Deborah, completed Jennifer's Story, which he described as both a tribute to her and a form of personal therapy in coping with the tragedy.