Definition of "haw" [haw]

  • An utterance used by a speaker who is fumbling for words. (noun)
  • To fumble in speaking. (verb-intransitive)
  • The fruit of a hawthorn. (noun)
  • A hawthorn or similar tree or shrub. (noun)
  • A nictitating membrane, especially of a domesticated animal. (noun)
  • The round or oval fruit (a pome) of the hawthorn, usually red or yellow, containing one to five seeds (noun)

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Use "haw" in a sentence
  • "The wintry haw is burning out of season, crab of the thorn, a small light for small people, wanting no more from them but that they keep the wick of self-respect from dying out, not having to blind them with illumination."
  • "You may thus, indeed, make your hall or mansion into a little fortified place, with fosse and counter-scarp, and covered way, and glacis; or at any rate, you may put a plain English haw-haw ditch and fence all round the sacred enclosure; and depend upon it that you will find the good effects of this extra expense in the anti-rheumatic tendencies of your habitation."
  • "This membrane is commonly called the haw, and is susceptible of attacks of inflammation, which cause it to swell, frequently even closing up the eye."