morrow

[ mawr-oh, mor-oh ]
/ ˈmɔr oʊ, ˈmɒr oʊ /

noun

Literary.
  1. tomorrow.
  2. the next day.
Archaic. the morning.

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Origin of morrow

1225–75; Middle English morwe, variant of morwen, Old English morgen morning. See morn

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Morrow
[ mawr-oh, mor-oh ]
/ ˈmɔr oʊ, ˈmɒr oʊ /

noun

Hon·o·ré Will·sie [on-uh-rey wil-see, on-uh-rey] /ˈɒn əˌreɪ ˈwɪl si, ˌɒn əˈreɪ/,1880–1940, U.S. novelist.
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What does morrow mean?

Morrow is a literary or poetic way of saying tomorrow or the next day.

In some cases, it’s also used to mean the morning or the period after something.

Morrow is most often seen in old poetry and literature. No one uses the word morrow in everyday speech unless they’re trying to mimic a poetic style or sound like a character from an old play.

Example: There’s never enough time today—if only we could borrow from the morrow.

Where does morrow come from?

The first records of morrow come from the 1200s. It comes from the Old English morgen, meaning “morning.” The same root gives us the words morn and morning. (The word tomorrow is a combination of morrow and to, which is used in the same way in the words today and tonight.)

Morrow appears in one of Shakespeare’s most famous lines from one of his most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet: “Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,/ That I shall say good night till it be morrow.” Juliet is saying that she’s just going to keep saying “good night” all night long so they don’t have to part. (Basically like two people who keep saying “I love you” to each other on the phone because neither of them wants to be the first one to hang up.)

Shakespeare wasn’t the only one to use morrow. It was commonly used by poets and writers for centuries to refer to the next day, the morning, or a period of time following a specific event (like how we metaphorically use yesterday to refer to the past and tomorrow to refer to the future).

Because it was used to refer to the morning, it ended up being used in the greeting good morrow, meaning “good morning,” and the phrase the morrow, meaning “tomorrow morning.”

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How is morrow used in real life?

Morrow is considered archaic, literary, or poetic. If someone uses it today, it’s to imitate such a style.

 

 

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Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym for morrow?

A. tomorrow
B. today
C. morning
D. the next day

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British Dictionary definitions for morrow

morrow
/ (ˈmɒrəʊ) /

noun the morrow archaic, or poetic

the next day
the period following a specified event
the morning

Word Origin for morrow

C13 morwe, from Old English morgen morning; see morn
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