bragging vs crow what difference

what is difference between bragging and crow



  • IPA(key): /ˈbɹaɡɪŋ/
  • Hyphenation: brag‧ging
  • Rhymes: -æɡɪŋ


bragging (plural braggings)

  1. The act of one who brags.
    • 1936, Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
      [] there was a glint of amused contempt in his black eyes — contempt, as if he listened to the braggings of children.




  1. present participle of brag



  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kɹəʊ/
  • (US) enPR: krō, IPA(key): /kɹoʊ/
  • Rhymes: -əʊ

Etymology 1

From Middle English crowe, from Old English crāwe, from Proto-Germanic *krāwō (compare West Frisian krie, Dutch kraai, German Krähe), from *krāhaną ‘to crow’. See below.


crow (plural crows)

  1. A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles; it has a harsh, croaking call.
  2. The cry of the rooster.
    Synonym: cock-a-doodle-doo
  3. Any of various dark-coloured nymphalid butterflies of the genus Euploea.
  4. A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar.
    Synonym: crowbar
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt
      Watt might have broken the door down, with an axe, or a crow, or a small charge of explosive, but this might have aroused Erskine’s suspicions, and Watt did not want that.
  5. (historical) A gangplank (corvus) used by the Ancient Roman navy to board enemy ships.
  6. (among butchers) The mesentery of an animal.
  7. (ethnic slur, offensive, slang) A black person.
  8. (military, slang) The emblem of an eagle, a sign of military rank.
    • 2002, Ed Goodrich, Riggers that Dive (page 46)
      A young petty officer that must have just received his “crow” (a single chevron, with an eagle over it) was showing off to several seamen.
    • 2003, Jonathan T. Malay, Seraphim Sky (page 106)
      The young man had been threatened with loss of his third class rank, his “crow,” the eagle in a petty officer’s sleeve insignia.
Derived terms
Related terms
  • crow eater
  • crowfoot
  • eat crow
See also
  • caw
  • murder of crows (flock of crows)
  • raven

Further reading

  • Corvus (boarding device) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Etymology 2

Middle English crowen, from Old English crāwan (past tense crēow, past participle crāwen), from Proto-Germanic *krēaną, from imitative Proto-Indo-European *gerH- (to cry hoarsely).

Compare Dutch kraaien, German krähen, Lithuanian gróti, Russian гра́ять (grájatʹ)). Related to croak.


crow (third-person singular simple present crows, present participle crowing, simple past crowed or (UK) crew, past participle crowed or (archaic) crown)

  1. (intransitive) To make the shrill sound characteristic of a rooster; to make a sound in this manner, either in gaiety, joy, pleasure, or defiance.
  2. (intransitive) To shout in exultation or defiance; to brag.
  3. (intransitive, music) To test the reed of a double reed instrument by placing the reed alone in the mouth and blowing it.
Usage notes

The past tense crew in modern usage is confined to literary and metaphorical uses, usually with reference to the story of Peter in Luke 22.60. The past participle crown is similarly poetical.

  • Tashelhiyt: uddn,sqiqqiy


Further reading

  • crow on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • Worc

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of crowe

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