- 1[intransitive] (of a cock / rooster) to make repeated loud high sounds, especially early in the morning A cock began to crow.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] (disapproving) to talk too proudly about something you have achieved, especially when somebody else has been unsuccessful synonym boast, gloat crow (about/over something) He won't stop crowing about his victory. + speech ‘I've won, I've won!’ she crowed. crow that… He crowed that they had sold out in one day.
- 3[intransitive] (British English) (of a baby) to make happy sounds Word Originverb Old English crāwan, of West Germanic origin; related to German krähen, also to crow the bird; ultimately imitative.Extra examples She gave the purse to Ruby, who crowed with delight. The company hasn’t much to crow about, with sales down compared with last year. ‘I’ve won, I’ve won!’ she crowed triumphantly. He won’t stop crowing about his victory.
BrE BrE//krəʊ//; NAmE NAmE//kroʊ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crow
BrE BrE//krəʊ//; NAmE NAmE//kroʊ//he / she / it crows
BrE BrE//krəʊz//; NAmE NAmE//kroʊz//past simple crowed
BrE BrE//krəʊd//; NAmE NAmE//kroʊd//past participle crowed
BrE BrE//krəʊd//; NAmE NAmE//kroʊd//-ing form crowing
BrE BrE//ˈkrəʊɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkroʊɪŋ//