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trow

[troh] /troʊ/
verb (used with or without object), Archaic.
1.
to believe, think, or suppose.
Origin of trow
900
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
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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

trow

/trəʊ/
verb
1.
(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
v.

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

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