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[troh] /troʊ/
verb (used with or without object), Archaic.
to believe, think, or suppose.
Origin of trow
before 900; Middle English trowen, Old English trēow(i)an to believe, derivative of trēow belief; akin to Old Norse trūa, German trauen, Gothic trauan to trust, believe. See trust, true Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for trow
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  • “If an angel be a messenger of God, I trow he is one,” said Tibble.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • “One of thy old doctors in barnacles, I trow,” said Stephen.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I said nought to him, for I trow thou wouldst not have him know thy plight!

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • But now, youngster, I have answered you freely, and I trow it is time that you answered me.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And should we bid him bring us yet another course, I trow his answer will be tart!

    A Tangled Tale Lewis Carroll
  • Far from it, I trow; he who did this, you would say, did you the greatest wrong in all the world.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • I trow not, and that therefore they cannot justly estimate the power of the priests.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • This smokes and sparkles in the darkness and the trow does not like it.

  • This, I trow, was done by those evil spirits that begat them, for the injury of the Goths.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • “They can have her well enough, trow,” answered Lady Enville.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for trow


(archaic) to think, believe, or trust
Word Origin
Old English treow; related to Old Frisian triūwe, Old Saxon treuwa, Old High German triuwa; see troth, true
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Word Origin and History for trow

Old English treowian "to trust, believe," from treow "faith, belief," from Proto-Germanic *truwian (see true). Cognate with German trauen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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