- the forepart of a ship or boat; bow.
- the front end of an airship.
- Literary. a ship.
Origin of prow1
Origin of prow2
Examples from the Web for prow
"It's not heavy and resembles the prow of a ship," Zanotti told The Daily Beast in an email.Killer Heels!
October 18, 2010
Into the first of them she ran the boat until its prow touched the sandy bottom.
She looked at him as he stood with his hand on the prow of the boat.
As the prow drove forward down-stream, exultation entered into him.Murder Point
But there were reserves in the prow, and these were drawn upon to fill the empty places.The Sea-Hawk
It seemed as if something had gone awry with the prow of their ship.Mixed Faces
- the bow of a vessel
Word Origin and History for prow
"forepart of a ship," 1550s, from Middle French proue, from Italian (Genoese) prua, from Vulgar Latin *proda, by dissimilation from Latin prora "prow," from Greek proira, related to pro "before, forward," proi "early in the morning," from PIE *pre-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).
Middle English and early Modern English (and Scott) had prore in same sense, from Latin. Modern Italian has proda only in sense "shore, bank." Prow and poop meant "the whole ship," hence 16c.-17c. figurative use of the expression for "the whole" (of anything).