Origin of prow1
Definition for prow (2 of 2)
Origin of prow2
Examples from the Web for prow
"It's not heavy and resembles the prow of a ship," Zanotti told The Daily Beast in an email.
Mike promised to carry out the doctors wishes and turned the prow of the boat south, which was the most direct course home.The Boy Patrol Around the Council Fire|Edward Sylvester Ellis
The instant a crevice as wide as ones hand appeared between two sterns a prow slipped into it like a coin.Letters to an Unknown|Prosper Mrime
Montague at once put down the helm, and, pointing the schooner's prow northward, steered for the harbor of Sandy Cove.Gascoyne, The Sandal Wood Trader|R. M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for prow
Word Origin for prow
Word Origin and History for prow
"forepart of a ship," 1550s, from Middle French proue, from Italian (Genoese) prua, from Vulgar Latin *proda, by dissimilation from Latin prora "prow," from Greek proira, related to pro "before, forward," proi "early in the morning," from PIE *pre-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).
Middle English and early Modern English (and Scott) had prore in same sense, from Latin. Modern Italian has proda only in sense "shore, bank." Prow and poop meant "the whole ship," hence 16c.-17c. figurative use of the expression for "the whole" (of anything).