Haw

Definition of Haw

Pronunciation: hạd
n.1.
1.A hedge; an inclosed garden or yard.
And eke there was a polecat in his haw.
- Chaucer.
2.The fruit of the hawthorn.
1.(Anat.) The third eyelid, or nictitating membrane. See Nictitating membrane, under Nictitate.
1.An intermission or hesitation of speech, with a sound somewhat like haw! also, the sound so made.
v. i.1.To stop, in speaking, with a sound like haw; to speak with interruption and hesitation.
Cut it short; don't prose - don't hum and haw.
- Chesterfield.
hemming and hawing
speaking hesitantly and inarticulately, with numerous pauses and interjections.
1.To turn to the near side, or toward the driver; - said of cattle or a team: a word used by teamsters in guiding their teams, and most frequently in the imperative. See Gee.
[imp. & p. p. Hawed (hạd); p. pr. & vb. n. Hawing.]
To haw and gee
to go from one thing to another without good reason; to have no settled purpose; to be irresolute or unstable.
v. t.1.To cause to turn, as a team, to the near side, or toward the driver; as, to haw a team of oxen.
to lead this way and that at will; to lead by the nose; to master or control.

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avert, bear off, draw aside, ease off, edge off, falter, fly off, gee, glance, glance off, go off, halt, head off, hem, hem and haw, hesitate, hum, hum and haw, jib, make way for, mammer, move aside, sheer off, shove aside, shunt, shy, shy off, side, sidestep, sidetrack, sidle, stammer, steer clear of, step aside, stumble, stutter, switch, turn aside, turn away, turn back, veer off
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