Adjective "haw" definition and examples

(Haw may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/hɔː/

Definitions and examples

noun

The red fruit of the hawthorn.
  1. 'Delicious jellies and marmelades can be made from these American haws.'
  2. 'The birds have had to rely on haws and berries and there are no cornfields in the western regions, most birds are thin and underdeveloped because of lack of sustenance.'
  3. 'However, there appear to be lots of hips on the dog-rose, haws on the whitethorn and sloes on the blackthorn.'

noun

The third eyelid or nictitating membrane in certain mammals, especially dogs and cats.
  1. 'It has developed an oily outer coat and a fleecy undercoat, and eyes that shut tight to keep out water and infection with no haw, the third eyelid seen in the St. Bernard.'

More definitions

1. to utter a sound representing a hesitation or pause in speech. noun

2. a sound or pause of hesitation.Compare hem2 (def 3).

More examples(as adjective)

"waters can be haw."

Origin

(haw)Late Middle English (denoting a discharge from the eye): of unknown origin.