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[toh-path, -pahth] /ˈtoʊˌpæθ, -ˌpɑθ/
noun, plural towpaths
[toh-path z, -pahth z, -paths, -pahths] /ˈtoʊˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/ (Show IPA)
a path along the bank of a canal or river, for use in towing boats.
Origin of towpath
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90; tow1 + path Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He swam part of the time and ran and barked on the towpath the other part.

    W. A. G.'s Tale Margaret Turnbull
  • Aunty May made me promise not to go too near the river, or too far down the towpath.

    W. A. G.'s Tale Margaret Turnbull
  • After George went away, it seemed very quiet on the towpath.

    W. A. G.'s Tale Margaret Turnbull
  • The men ordered Marden to "take that outfit off the towpath."

  • As he reached the towpath Marchmont appeared before the willows.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Look—there's only the towpath between the river and the garden.

    Vera Elisabeth von Arnim
  • Does the man who goes from the towpath to the White House take the short cut?

    Coffee and Repartee John Kendrick Bangs
  • Your moderate strength of a mere everyday physical education gives you the sufficient mastery of the towpath.

    Ceres' Runaway Alice Meynell
  • Marmaduke picked a great bouquet of the dandelions--for Mother--then he looked up the towpath.

    Half-Past Seven Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • They never had shown such speed since they had become known on the towpath.

British Dictionary definitions for towpath


a path beside a canal or river, used by people or animals towing boats Also called towing path
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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