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or froe

[froh] /froʊ/
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” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for frow
Historical Examples
  • Why, bless you, forty of 'em wouldn't dare to frow a stone at me.

    The Ranger Edward S. Ellis
  • "frow up Mary 'n' catch her like farver do," the child urged.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
  • "I wouldn't coax her to eat, my good, dear frow," said Hans.

    Oonomoo the Huron

    Edward S. Ellis
  • Luther's wife, like a frow of Spiers in Almayn, in red silk.

  • They had wondered over the frow, an iron instrument about fourteen inches long, for splitting logs.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks
  • Rancher so mad he frow axe at bear, an it hit right there, explained Omney, poking his foot at the scar on the bear.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • "frow lak a ole maid," cackled a big-mouthed Negro, who was immediately hooted down.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • We agreed to call off the awtrocities if hed leave his frow cook us up a mess of waffles toot sweet.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
  • Dey went by whole famblies; an' befo' she be'n frow mighty nigh ever' las' chil' b'en taken outside.

    Stories That End Well

    Octave Thanet
  • This he appears to be doing by holding in his left hand an instrument resembling a frow, which he strikes with a hatchet.

British Dictionary definitions for frow


a variant spelling of froe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for frow

"Dutchwoman," late 14c., from Middle Dutch vrouwe (Dutch vrow), cognate with German Frau (see frau).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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