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frow

or froe

[froh]
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noun
  1. a cleaving tool having a wedge-shaped blade, with a handle set at right angles to it.
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Origin of frow

1615–25; earlier frower, perhaps noun use of froward in literal sense “turned away”
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Examples from the Web for frow

Historical Examples

  • Why, bless you, forty of 'em wouldn't dare to frow a stone at me.

    The Ranger

    Edward S. Ellis

  • "Frow up Mary 'n' catch her like farver do," the child urged.

    Ann Arbor Tales

    Karl Edwin Harriman

  • "I wouldn't coax her to eat, my good, dear frow," said Hans.

    Oonomoo the Huron

    Edward S. Ellis

  • Luther's wife, like a frow of Spiers in Almayn, in red silk.

  • They had wondered over the frow, an iron instrument about fourteen inches long, for splitting logs.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks


British Dictionary definitions for frow

frow

noun
  1. a variant spelling of froe
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Word Origin and History for frow

n.

"Dutchwoman," late 14c., from Middle Dutch vrouwe (Dutch vrow), cognate with German Frau (see frau).

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