Crew



[kroo] /kru/

noun
1.
a group of persons involved in a particular kind of work or working together:
the crew of a train; a wrecking crew.
2.
Nautical.

3.
the people who fly or operate an aircraft or spacecraft.
4.
the team that rows a racing shell:
varsity crew.
5.
the sport of racing with racing shells:
He went out for crew in his freshman year.
6.
a company; crowd:
He and his crew of friends filled the room.
7.
any force or band of armed men.
verb (used with object)
8.
to serve as a member of a crew on (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
9.
to obtain or employ a crew for (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
verb (used without object)
10.
to serve as a member of a crew.
[kroo] /kru/
verb
1.
a simple past tense of 2 .
[kroh] /kroʊ/
verb (used without object), crowed or for 1, (especially British), crew; crowed; crowing.
1.
to utter the characteristic cry of a rooster.
2.
to gloat, boast, or exult (often followed by over).
3.
to utter an inarticulate cry of pleasure, as an infant does.
noun
4.
the characteristic cry of a rooster.
5.
an inarticulate cry of pleasure.
/kruː/
noun (sometimes functioning as pl)
1.
the men who man a ship, boat, aircraft, etc
2.
(nautical) a group of people assigned to a particular job or type of work
3.
(informal) a gang, company, or crowd
verb
4.
to serve on (a ship) as a member of the crew
/kruː/
verb
1.
a past tense of crow2
/krəʊ/
noun
1.
any large gregarious songbird of the genus Corvus, esp C. corone (the carrion crow) of Europe and Asia: family Corvidae. Other species are the raven, rook, and jackdaw and all have a heavy bill, glossy black plumage, and rounded wings See also carrion crow related adjective corvine
2.
any of various other corvine birds, such as the jay, magpie, and nutcracker
3.
any of various similar birds of other families
4.
(offensive) an old or ugly woman
5.
short for crowbar
6.
as the crow flies, as directly as possible
7.
(US & Canadian, informal) eat crow, to be forced to do something humiliating
8.
stone the crows stone
/krəʊ/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(past tense crowed or crew) to utter a shrill squawking sound, as a cock
2.
(often foll by over) to boast one’s superiority
3.
(esp of babies) to utter cries of pleasure
noun
4.
the act or an instance of crowing
/krəʊ/
noun
1.
(pl) Crows, Crow. a member of a Native American people living in E Montana
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Siouan family
n.

mid-15c., “group of soldiers,” from Middle French crue (Old French creue) “an increase, recruit, military reinforcement,” from fem. past participle of creistre “grow,” from Latin crescere “arise, grow” (see crescent). Meaning “people acting or working together” is first attested 1560s. “Gang of men on a warship” is from 1690s. Crew-cut first attested 1938, so called because the style originally was adopted by boat crews at Harvard and Yale.

Indian tribe of the American Midwest, the name is a rough translation of their own name, Apsaruke.
n.

Old English crawe, imitative of bird’s cry. Phrase eat crow is perhaps based on the notion that the bird is edible when boiled but hardly agreeable; first attested 1851, American English, but said to date to War of 1812 (Walter Etecroue turns up 1361 in the Calendar of Letter Books of the City of London). Crow’s foot “wrinkle around the corner of the eye” is late 14c. Phrase as the crow flies first recorded 1800.
v.

Old English crawian “make a loud noise like a crow” (see crow (n.)); sense of “exult in triumph” is 1520s, perhaps in part because the English crow is a carrion-eater. Related: Crowed; crowing.

noun

verb

To boast in exultation; flatter oneself: That poem’s nothing to crow about (1522+)

Related Terms

jane crow, jim crow
In addition to the idiom beginning with
crow

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