haw


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Haw \Haw\ (h[add]), n. [OE. hawe, AS. haga; akin to D. haag
   headge, G. hag, hecke, Icel. hagi pasture, Sw. hage, Dan.
   have garden. [root]12. Cf. Haggard, Ha-ha, Haugh,
   Hedge.]
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   1. A hedge; an inclosed garden or yard.
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            And eke there was a polecat in his haw. --Chaucer.
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   2. The fruit of the hawthorn. --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Haw \Haw\, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Anat.)
   The third eyelid, or nictitating membrane. See {Nictitating
   membrane}, under Nictitate.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Haw \Haw\, n. [Cf. ha an interjection of wonder, surprise, or
   hesitation.]
   An intermission or hesitation of speech, with a sound
   somewhat like haw! also, the sound so made. "Hums or haws."
   --Congreve.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Haw \Haw\, v. i.
   To stop, in speaking, with a sound like haw; to speak with
   interruption and hesitation.
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         Cut it short; don't prose -- don't hum and haw.
                                                  --Chesterfield.
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   hemming and hawing speaking hesitantly and inarticulately,
      with numerous pauses and interjections.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Haw \Haw\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hawed (h[add]d); p. pr. & vb.
   n. Hawing.] [Written also hoi.] [Perhaps connected with
   here, hither; cf., however, F. huhau, hurhau, hue, interj.
   used in turning a horse to the right, G. hott, h["u], interj.
   used in calling to a horse.]
   To turn to the near side, or toward the driver; -- said of
   cattle or a team: a word used by teamsters in guiding their
   teams, and most frequently in the imperative. See Gee.
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   To haw and gee, or To haw and gee about, to go from one
      thing to another without good reason; to have no settled
      purpose; to be irresolute or unstable. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Haw \Haw\, v. t.
   To cause to turn, as a team, to the near side, or toward the
   driver; as, to haw a team of oxen.
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   To haw and gee, or To haw and gee about, to lead this way
      and that at will; to lead by the nose; to master or
      control. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hawthorn \Haw"thorn`\ (h[add]"th[^o]rn`), n. [AS.
   haga[thorn]orn, h[ae]g[thorn]orn. See Haw a hedge, and
   Thorn.] (Bot.)
   A thorny shrub or tree (the Crat[ae]gus oxyacantha), having
   deeply lobed, shining leaves, small, roselike, fragrant
   flowers, and a fruit called haw. It is much used in Europe
   for hedges, and for standards in gardens. The American
   hawthorn is Crat[ae]gus cordata, which has the leaves but
   little lobed.
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         Gives not the hawthorn bush a sweeter shade
         To shepherds?                            --Shak.
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