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prawn Syllabification: prawn

Definition of prawn in English:


A marine crustacean that resembles a large shrimp.
  • Leander and other genera, class Malacostraca
Example sentences
  • These included king crab, Phuket lobster, oysters, river prawns and yabbies.
  • I get confused between giant prawns, crayfish and langoustine, but these were gigantic.
  • I was drawn to the king prawn trilussa - prawns in a white wine and rosemary sauce served on a large bed of rice.


Late Middle English: of unknown origin.

  • raw from Old English:

    This Old English word shares an ancient root with Greek kreas ‘raw flesh’. In Australian English a stupid person can be referred to as a prawn (ME of unknown origin), and to come the raw prawn is to attempt to deceive someone, presumably by pretending that you are too simple to cheat.

Words that rhyme with prawn

adorn, born, borne, bourn, Braun, brawn, corn, dawn, drawn, faun, fawn, forborne, forewarn, forlorn, freeborn, lawn, lorn, morn, mourn, newborn, Norn, outworn, pawn, Quorn, sawn, scorn, Sean, shorn, spawn, suborn, sworn, thorn, thrawn, torn, Vaughan, warn, withdrawn, worn, yawn
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