crow (plural crows)
- A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles; it has a harsh, croaking call.
- The cry of the rooster.
- Synonyms: cock-a-doodle-doo
- Any of various dark-coloured nymphalid butterflies of the genus Euploea.
- A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar.
- Synonyms: crowbar
- (historical) A gangplank (corvus#Latin|corvus) used by the Ancient Roman navy to board enemy ships.
- (among butchers) The mesentery of an animal.
- (ethnic slur, offensive, slang) A black person.
- crow eater
- eat crow
- French: corneille, corbeau
- German: Krähe, Krähenvogel
- Italian: cornacchia, corvo
- Portuguese: gralha-preta, corvo
- Russian: воро́на
- Spanish: corneja, cuervo
- French: pied-de-biche
- German: Brecheisen, Nageleisen, Brechstange, Kuhfuß, Hebeleisen
- Italian: piede di porco
- Portuguese: pé de cabra
- Spanish: palanca
crow (crows, present participle crowing; past crowed, past participle crowed)
- (intransitive) To make#Verb|make the shrill#Adjective|shrill sound#Noun|sound characteristic of a rooster; to make a sound in this manner, either in gaiety, joy, pleasure#Noun|pleasure, or defiance.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shake-speare, The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: […] (First Quarto), London: Printed [by Valentine Simmes] for N[icholas] L[ing] and Iohn Trundell, published 1603, OCLC 84758312 ↗, [Act I, scene ii] ↗:
- Yet once me thought it [the ghost of Hamlet's father] was about to ſpeake, / And lifted vp his head to motion, / Like as he would ſpeake, but euen the / The morning cocke crew lowd, and in all haſte / It ſhrunke in haſte away, and vaniſhed / Our ſight.
- (intransitive) To shout#Verb|shout in exultation or defiance; to brag#Verb|brag.
- He’s been crowing all day about winning the game of cards.
- (intransitive, music) To test#Verb|test the reed of a double reed instrument by place#Verb|placing the reed alone in the mouth#Noun|mouth and blow#Verb|blowing it.
crow (plural crows)Proper noun
- The Siouan language of this tribe.
- Synonyms: Absaroki