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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.

haws

- If an animal haws, it turns or moves to the left.
See also related terms for moves.
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
Instead of moans and cries, they burst forth into loud donkey brays, which sounded very much like, "Haw! Haw!
The people most killed themselves laughing; and when the king got done capering and capered off behind the scenes, they roared and clapped and stormed and haw- hawed till he come back and done it over again, and after that they made him do it another time.
[Reads, reproducing her pronunciation exactly] "Cheer ap, Keptin; n' haw ya flahr orf a pore gel."
The Dragon was much annoyed, and hummed and hawed a good deal, and asked the second, 'But what shall be your spoon?'