- a cleaving tool having a wedge-shaped blade, with a handle set at right angles to it.
Origin of frow
1615–25; earlier frower, perhaps noun use of froward in literal sense “turned away”
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Examples from the Web for froe
Perhaps the most striking features of the Froe Islands are their sea-cliffs.
These are four feet in length, split with a froe six or eight inches wide, and half an inch thick.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West
J. M. Peck
The trees are chopped in the fall, and then by means of a "froe" and axe each handle is roughly blocked out.Motor Matt's Peril, or, Cast Away in the Bahamas
Stanley R. Matthews
In the fall of the year the trees are dropped, and in a rough way each handle is shaped by a tool they call a froe.The Outdoor Chums in the Big Woods
A couple of years later they paid a visit together, an enjoyable and profitable one, to the Froe Islands.
- a cutting tool with handle and blade at right angles, used for stripping young trees, etc
C16: from frower, from froward (in the sense: turned away)
- a variant spelling of froe
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Word Origin and History for froe
"Dutchwoman," late 14c., from Middle Dutch vrouwe (Dutch vrow), cognate with German Frau (see frau).
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