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CREW, noun

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, etc. It is appropriated to the common sailors.

CREW, preterit tense of crow, but the regular preterit and participle, crowed, is now most commonly used.