row

1
[ roh ]
/ roʊ /

noun

verb (used with object)

to put in a row (often followed by up).

Idioms for row

    hard/long row to hoe, a difficult task or set of circumstances to confront: At 32 and with two children, she found attending medical school a hard row to hoe.

Origin of row

1
1175–1225; Middle English row(e); compare Old English rǣw

Definition for row (2 of 3)

row2
[ roh ]
/ roʊ /

verb (used without object)

to propel a vessel by the leverage of an oar or the like.

verb (used with object)

noun

an act, instance, or period of rowing: It was a long row to the far bank.
an excursion in a rowboat: to go for a row.

Origin of row

2
before 950; Middle English rowen, Old English rōwan; cognate with Old Norse rōa; akin to Latin rēmus oar. Cf. rudder

OTHER WORDS FROM row

row·a·ble, adjectiverow·er, nounun·der·row·er, noun

Definition for row (3 of 3)

row3
[ rou ]
/ raʊ /

noun

a noisy dispute or quarrel; commotion.
noise or clamor.

verb (used without object)

to quarrel noisily.

verb (used with object)

Chiefly British. to upbraid severely; scold.

Origin of row

3
First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for row (1 of 3)

row1
/ (rəʊ) /

noun

Word Origin for row

Old English rāw, rǣw; related to Old High German rīga line, Lithuanian raiwe strip

British Dictionary definitions for row (2 of 3)

row2
/ (raʊ) /

noun

a noisy quarrel or dispute
a noisy disturbance; commotionwe couldn't hear the music for the row next door
a reprimand
give someone a row informal to scold someone; tell someone off

verb

(intr often foll by with) to quarrel noisily
(tr) archaic to reprimand

Word Origin for row

C18: origin unknown

British Dictionary definitions for row (3 of 3)

row3
/ (rəʊ) /

verb

noun

an act, instance, period, or distance of rowing
an excursion in a rowing boat
See also row over

Derived forms of row

rower, nounrowing, noun

Word Origin for row

Old English rōwan; related to Middle Dutch roien, Middle High German rüejen, Old Norse rōa, Latin rēmus oar
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Idioms and Phrases with row

row

see get one's ducks in a row; kick up a fuss (row); skid row; tough row to hoe.

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