1. A company of people associated; as a noble crew; a gallant crew.
2. A company, in a low or bad sense, which is now most usual; a herd; as a rebel crew.
So we say, a miserable crew.
3. The company of seamen who man a ship, vessel or boat; the company belonging to a vessel. Also, the company or gang of a carpenter, gunner, boatswain, &c. It is appropriated to the common sailors.
CREW, pret. of crow, but the regular preterit and participle, crowed, is now most commonly used.