cockcrow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cockcrow the first light of day "we got up before dawn","they talked until morning"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cockcrow The time at which cocks first crow; the early morning; the first light of day.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cockcrow The time at which cocks crow; the dawn of day.
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Usage

In literature:

I return to Chateauneuf on certain necessary businesses; to-morrow I set out at cockcrow for Milan and the Visconti's livery.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
I'm off at cockcrow to-morrow morning.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
We all have to start at cockcrow in the morning.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
The blows were regular and quite distinct, and without cessation until cockcrow.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
At cockcrow the minister was afoot, busy transferring the pegs to the summit of a lovely knoll.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
When she rushes at thee, take and scatter the pears, and it will take her till cockcrow to pick them all up.
"Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales" by Anonymous
It may be at even, it may be at midnight, it may be at cockcrowing and it may be in the morning.
"Why I Preach the Second Coming" by Isaac Massey Haldeman
Suddenly a hoarse and ragged peal of cockcrow rose to their ears from the dark valley below the windows.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
At the first cockcrow the witches ceased to dance.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
The next morning, before cockcrow, a veiled woman rode out of the camp.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
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In poetry:

Then through the night the hoof-beats
Went sounding like a flail;
And Goody Cole at cockcrow
Came forth from Ipswich jail.
"The Changeling ( From The Tent on the Beach )" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Steepling snake in that contrary light
invades the dilate lens of genesis
to print your flaming image in birthspot
with characters no cockcrow can deface.
"Sonnet To Satan" by Sylvia Plath
Steepling snake in that contrary light
invades the dilate lens of genesis
to print your flaming image in birth spot
with characters no cockcrow can deface.
"Sonnet To Satan" by Sylvia Plath
`No pitchforked farmer, please,' she said;
`May cockcrow guard us safe,' said he;
By blackthorn thicket, flower spray
They pitched their coats, come to green bed.
"Bucolics" by Sylvia Plath
Our hair combed back is carved in wood,
the moon walks over our ebony shoulders.
A distant cockcrow, the night goes by, silent.
Rich is the rime of love, withered the dowry.
"Statue of a Couple" by Czeslaw Milosz
Oh, but what ails you, my sailor cousin Phil,
That you shake and turn white like a cockcrow ghost?
You're as white as I turned once down by the mill,
When one told me you and ship and crew were lost:
"Lady Maggie" by Christina Georgina Rossetti