[ prou ]
/ praʊ /
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the forepart of a ship or boat; bow.
the front end of an airship.
Literary. a ship.
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Origin of prow1
1545–55; <Middle French proue<Upper Italian (Genoese ) prua<Latin prōra<Greek prôira
OTHER WORDS FROM prowprowed, adjective
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[ prou ]
/ praʊ /
Origin of prow2
1350–1400; Middle English <Old French prou<Vulgar Latin *prōdis.See proud
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How to use prow in a sentence
The boat itself was a sharp-prowed, broad-bottomed affair which seemed to glide over the water rather than through it.Nabul, Our Little Egyptian Cousin|Blanche McManus
Wife and child and old father he left behind him and sailed away with his black-prowed ships to fight in Troyland.
On and on across the waves sailed the dark-prowed ships of Odysseus, until again they came to land.
The other seven were island boats, gaily painted red and green, high prowed, high sterned.The Island Mystery|George A. Birmingham
The river from a rushing torrent became as placid as the Thames, with numerous long-prowed boats gliding smoothly downward.Kashmir|Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
British Dictionary definitions for prow
/ (praʊ) /
the bow of a vessel
Word Origin for prow
C16: from Old French proue, from Latin prora, from Greek prōra; related to Latin pro in front
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