verb (used without object)
to utter a sound representing a hesitation or pause in speech.
a sound or pause of hesitation.
Compare 2 (def 3).
(used as a word of command to a horse or other draft animal, usually directing it to turn to the left.)
verb (used with or without object)
to turn or make a turn to the left:
The horse refused to haw.
the round or oval fruit (a pome) of the hawthorn, usually red or yellow, containing one to five seeds
another name for hawthorn
an inarticulate utterance, as of hesitation, embarrassment, etc; hem
(intransitive) to make this sound
hem and haw, hum and haw, See hem2 (sense 3)
(archaic) a yard or close
the nictitating membrane of a horse or other domestic animal
“enclosure,” Old English haga “enclosure, hedge,” from Proto-Germanic *hag- (cf. Old Norse hagi, Old Saxon hago, German Hag “hedge;” Middle Dutch hage, Dutch haag, as in the city name The Hague). See hag and hedge. Meaning “fruit of the hawthorn bush” (Old English) is perhaps short for *hægberie.
“hesitate in speech,” 1580s, imitative. Related: Hawed; hawing. The noun in this sense is from c.1600. Haw-haw “style of affected enunciation” is from 1841, imitative.
see: hem and haw
- Hawes water
/hɔːz/ noun 1. a lake in NW England, in the Lake District: provides part of Manchester’s water supply; extended by damming from 4 km (2.5 miles) to 6 km (4 miles)
[haw-finch] /ˈhɔˌfɪntʃ/ noun 1. a European grosbeak, Coccothraustes coccothraustes. /ˈhɔːˌfɪntʃ/ noun 1. an uncommon European finch, Coccothraustes coccothraustes, having a very stout bill and brown plumage with black-and-white wings
[hawg] /hɔg/ noun, verb (used with or without object), Pronunciation Spelling. 1. .
[haw-haw] /ˈhɔˌhɔ/ interjection 1. (used to represent the sound of a loud, boisterous laugh.) noun 2. a guffaw. /ˈhɔːˈhɔː/ interjection 1. a variant of ha-ha1 /ˈhɔːhɔː/ noun 1. a variant of ha-ha2 /ˈhɔːˌhɔː/ noun 1. Lord Haw-Haw, See Joyce