I. noun Etymology: Middle English prane Date: 15th century any of various widely distributed edible decapod crustaceans: as a. one (as of the genera Pandalus and Penaeus) that resembles shrimps and has a large compressed abdomen b. shrimp; especially a large shrimp c. langoustine II. intransitive verb Date: 1886 to fish for or with prawns • prawner noun

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  • Prawn — Prawn, n. [OE. prane, of unknown origin; cf. L. perna a sea mussel.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of large shrimplike Crustacea having slender legs and long antenn[ae]. They mostly belong to the genera {Pandalus}, {Pal[ae]mon},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prawn — [pro:n US pro:n] n especially BrE a small pink ↑shellfish that can be eaten American Equivalent: shrimp ▪ a prawn sandwich ▪ prawn cocktail (=a small dish of prawns in a sauce with some salad) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prawn — prawn; prawn·er; …   English syllables

  • prawn — [ prɔn ] noun count a SHELLFISH (=a sea animal with a hard shell around it) that looks like a large SHRIMP and can be eaten …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prawn — (n.) early 15c., prayne, of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • prawn — ► NOUN ▪ a marine crustacean which resembles a large shrimp. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • prawn — [prôn] n. [ME prane < ?] a large shrimp or other similar crustacean vi. to fish for prawns prawner n …   English World dictionary

  • prawn — The literal definition of prawn (a word which appears in the Middle English period, but whose origin is unknown) as an edible shellfish is obviously part of standard English. It is, however, the figurative use of the word to describe a fool or… …   Australian idioms

  • Prawn — For other uses, see Prawn (disambiguation). Dendrobranchiata Temporal range: Famennian–Recent …   Wikipedia

  • prawn — /prɔn / (say prawn) noun 1. any of various shrimp like decapod crustaceans of the genera Palaemon, Penaeus, etc. (suborder Macrura), certain of which are used as food. 2. Colloquial a weak, spiritless, insignificant person: he s a bit of a prawn …   Australian English dictionary

  • prawn — prawner, n. /prawn/, n. 1. any of various shrimplike decapod crustaceans of the genera Palaemon, Penaeus, etc., certain of which are used as food. 2. come the raw prawn, Australian Slang. to try to impose on or deceive someone (fol. by with). v.t …   Universalium

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