Definition of hee-haw in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhiːhɔː


  • 1The loud, harsh cry of a donkey or mule: the burros brayed in raucous stentorian hee-haws
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    • She began laughing in an obnoxious way, sounding like a mix between a donkey hee-haw and a pig snort.
    • One particular group of males perched behind us had particularly irritating mating calls, responding to the incessant female cries with various forms of donkey-like hee-haws.
    • She imitates his nasal hee-haw very loudly and we look on, aghast.
  • 1.1 [as modifier] US informal Relating to or denoting unsophisticated rural humour and attitudes: an Elvis-loving hee-haw governor
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    • If you aren't prepared for a big dose of early-60's style hee-haw music, don't buy this album.
    • This seemed to strike a funny cord in Jake, because he began laughing in an almost hee-haw kind of cackling.
    • This hee-haw fellow resonated with youngsters.


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  • Make the loud, harsh cry of a donkey or mule: (as noun hee-hawing) the hee-hawing of the mules
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    • My memories of him will be as the little chatterbox, cracking the one liners, hee-hawing uncontrollably.
    • The gang laughed and hee-hawed, stomped and danced and chanted a good-night prayer.


early 19th century: imitative.

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