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jow

[jou, joh]Scot.
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noun
  1. the ringing, tolling, or sound of a bell.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to ring or toll (a bell).
  2. to hit or strike (especially the head).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to rock from side to side.
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Origin of jow

1510–20; variant of joll (now dial.), Middle English jollen to strike < ?
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