- to be able.
- to thrive; prosper; do well.
Origin of dow1
before 900; Middle English dowen, doghen, Old English dugan to be worthy; cognate with German taugen; cf. doughty
or dau, dow
- any of various types of sailing vessels used by Arabs on the east African, Arabian, and Indian coasts, generally lateen-rigged on two or three masts.
Origin of dhow
First recorded in 1795–1805, dhow is from the Arabic word dāwa
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It was the entrance of the Dows party, Miss Sally well to the fore.
The quarters were half a mile from the Dows' dwelling—which was two miles away.
A fire was now opened by the whole squadron, directed to the four dows.The Pirates Own Book
His small office was in the rear of Mrs. Ely's residence which stood on the ground where the Dows and Ely block now is.
His small office was in the rear of Mrs. Ely's residence, which stood on the ground where the Dows & Ely block now is.
- a lateen-rigged coastal Arab sailing vessel with one or two masts
C19: from Arabic dāwa
- See Dou
Word Origin and History for dows
1799, original language unknown, "single-masted native vessel used on Arabian Sea," later widely applied to all Arab vessels. Klein suggests a relation to Persian dav "running."
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