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haw 1

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

[Imitative.]

haw 2

 (hô)
n.
1. The fruit of a hawthorn.
2. A hawthorn or similar tree or shrub.

[Middle English, from Old English haga.]

haw 3

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

[Origin unknown.]

haw 4

 (hô)
interj.
Used to command an animal pulling a load to turn to the left.
intr.v. hawed, haw·ing, haws
To turn to the left.

haw

(hɔː)
n
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]

haw

(hɔː)
n, interj
an inarticulate utterance, as of hesitation, embarrassment, etc; hem
vb
1. (intr) to make this sound
2. hem and haw hum and haw See hem23
[C17: of imitative origin]

haw

(hɔː)
n
archaic a yard or close
[of unknown origin]

haw

(hɔː)
n
(Zoology) the nictitating membrane of a horse or other domestic animal
[C15: of unknown origin]

haw1

(hɔ)

v.i.
1. to utter a sound representing a hesitation or pause in speech.
n.
2. a hesitation; pause.
[1625–35; imitative]

haw2

(hɔ)

interj.
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]

haw3

(hɔ)

n.
1. the fruit of the hawthorn.
2. the hawthorn.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English haga, presumably identical with haga hedge, fence]

haw4

(hɔ)

n.
[1515–1525; orig. uncertain]

Haw.

Hawaii.

haw


Past participle: hawed
Gerund: hawing

Imperative
haw
haw
Present
I haw
you haw
he/she/it haws
we haw
you haw
they haw
Preterite
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
Future
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
Conditional
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

Haw

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"
Translations

haw

1 [hɔː] Nbaya f del espino

haw

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

haw

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

haw

1
n (Bot) → Mehlfässchen nt, → Mehlbeere f

haw

[hɔː] n (Bot) → bacca di biancospino
References in classic literature ?
A man always makes a fool of himself, speechifying: there's no excuse but being on the right side, so that you can ask a blessing on your humming and hawing.
He was amazed, astounded at such an answer, but too incredulous to be much offended; and after a little humming and hawing, he returned to the attack.
Here Beethoven, after humming and hawing with great sweetness, said "Heigho," and the Andante came to an end.