Crow (kr?), v. i. [imp. Crew (kr) or Crowed (krd); p. p. Crowed (Crown (kr?n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Crowing.] [AS. crwan; akin to D. kraijen, G. krhen, cf. Lith. groti to croak. &root;24. Cf. Crake.]


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.


To shout in exultation or defiance; to brag.


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.


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Crow, n. [AS. crwe a crow (in sense 1); akin to D. kraai, G. kre; cf. Icel. krka crow. So named from its cry, from AS. crwan to crow. See Crow, v. i. ]

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.

⇒ The common crow of Europe, or carrion crow, is C. corone. The common American crow is C. Americanus. See Carrion crow, and Illustr., under Carrion.


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.


The cry of the cock. See Crow, v. i., 1.


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).


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