April 04, 2016
crane (verb)
\KRAYN\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to raise or lift by or as if by a crane2 : to stretch out one's neck to see better
How do you use it?
"Martha craned her neck and lifted herself up on her toes. Now she could see . . ." (Kevin Henkes, _Olive's Ocean_)
Are you a word wiz?

The verb "crane" arose by suggestion from the long neck of the bird called a "crane." Which of the verbs below do you think also came from the attributes or behavior of an animal?

The verb "wolf" means "to eat greedily, devour," a word arising from the reputation of the animal called the "wolf." It's plausible that the timidity of a cow or a quail might have led to verbs reflective of that characteristic, but not so. The verb "cow" derives from Scandinavian and the noun from English, while the verb "quail" comes from Dutch and the noun from Latin. Both the noun and verb "bear" come from Old English, but they are unrelated.
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