Etymology
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shaw (n.)

"strip of wood forming the border of a field," 1570s, a respelling of Middle English shau, shaue "wood, forest, grove, thicket," from Old English sceaga "copse," cognate with North Frisian skage "farthest edge of cultivated land," Old Norse skage "promontory," and perhaps with Old English sceaga "rough matted hair" (see shag (n.)). The Old English word also is the source of the surname Shaw (attested from late 12c.) in all its variations.

updated on August 13, 2022

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Definitions of shaw from WordNet

Shaw (n.)
United States clarinetist and leader of a swing band (1910-2004);
Synonyms: Artie Shaw / Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
Shaw (n.)
United States humorist who wrote about rural life (1818-1885);
Synonyms: Henry Wheeler Shaw / Josh Billings
Shaw (n.)
United States physician and suffragist (1847-1919);
Synonyms: Anna Howard Shaw
Shaw (n.)
British playwright (born in Ireland); founder of the Fabian Society (1856-1950);
Synonyms: G. B. Shaw / George Bernard Shaw
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.