To caw is to make a loud cry or call, like the sound a crow makes. There are few things spookier than hearing fifty crows caw in your yard at night.

Many large birds caw as a way of communicating with each other, but crows and ravens are best known for making this particular cry. You can call the actual sound a caw as well. The word has been around since the 16th century, when it arose as an imitation of the noise itself.

Definitions of caw

v utter a cry, characteristic of crows, rooks, or ravens

Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

n the sound made by corvine birds

Type of:
the characteristic utterance of an animal

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