Crow v. i. [imp. Crew or Crowed p. p. Crowed (Crown Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Crowing.]
1. To make the shrill sound characteristic of a cock, either in joy, gayety, or defiance. “The cock had crown.”
The morning cock crew loud. --Shak.
2. To shout in exultation or defiance; to brag.
3. To utter a sound expressive of joy or pleasure.
The sweetest little maid,
That ever crowed for kisses. --Tennyson.
To crow over, to exult over a vanquished antagonist.
Sennacherib crowing over poor Jerusalem. --Bp. Hall.
1. Zool. A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles. It has a harsh, croaking note. See Caw.
Note: ☞ The common crow of Europe, or carrion crow, is Corvus corone. The common American crow is Corvus Americanus. See Carrion crow, and Illustr., under Carrion.
2. A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar.
Get me an iron crow, and bring it straight
Unto my cell. --Shak.
3. The cry of the cock. See Crow, v. i., 1.
4. The mesentery of a beast; -- so called by butchers.
Carrion crow. See under Carrion.
Crow blackbird Zool., an American bird (Quiscalus quiscula); -- called also purple grackle.
Crow pheasant Zool., an Indian cuckoo; the common coucal. It is believed by the natives to give omens. See Coucal.
Crow shrike Zool., any bird of the genera Gymnorhina, Craticus, or Strepera, mostly from Australia.
Red-legged crow. See Crough.
As the crow flies, in a direct line.
To pick a crow, To pluck a crow, to state and adjust a difference or grievance (with any one).
n 1: black birds having a raucous call
2: the cry of a cock (or an imitation of it)
3: a member of the Siouan people formerly living in eastern
4: a small quadrilateral constellation in the southern
hemisphere near Virgo [syn: Corvus]
5: an instance of boastful talk; "his brag is worse than his
fight"; "whenever he won we were exposed to his gasconade"
[syn: brag, bragging, crowing, vaporing, line-shooting,
6: a Siouan language spoken by the Crow people
v 1: dwell on with satisfaction [syn: gloat, triumph]
2: express pleasure verbally; "She crowed with joy"
3: utter shrill sounds; "The cocks crowed all morning"