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prawn Line breaks: prawn
Pronunciation: /prɔːn/

Definition of prawn in English:

noun

A marine crustacean which resembles a large shrimp.
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.

Origin

Late Middle English: of unknown origin.

More
  • 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.

Phrases

don't come the raw prawn with me

1
see raw.

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Norn, outworn, pawn, Quorn, sawn, scorn, Sean, shorn, spawn, suborn, sworn, thorn, thrawn, torn, Vaughan, warn, withdrawn, worn, yawn

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