[ taw ]
/ tɔ /

verb (used with object)

to prepare or dress (some raw material) for use or further manipulation.
to transform the skin of an animal into white leather by the application of minerals, emulsions, etc.
Archaic. to flog; thrash.

Nearby words

  1. tavern table,
  2. taverna,
  3. taverner,
  4. taverner, john,
  5. tavr,
  6. tawa,
  7. tawai,
  8. tawdry,
  9. tawheowheo,
  10. tawhiri

Origin of taw

before 900; Middle English tawen, Old English tawian; cognate with Dutch touwen, Gothic taujan

Related formstaw·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for tawer


/ (tɔː) /


the line from which the players shoot in marbles
back to taws Australian informal back to the beginning
a large marble used for shooting
a game of marbles

Word Origin for taw

C18: of unknown origin


/ (tɔː) /

verb (tr)

to convert (skins) into white leather by treatment with mineral salts, such as alum and salt, rather than by normal tanning processes
archaic, or dialect to flog; beat
Derived Formstawer, noun

Word Origin for taw

Old English tawian; compare Old High German zouwen to prepare, Gothic taujan to make

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Word Origin and History for tawer



"to prepare" (leather), from Old English tawian "to do, make," from Proto-Germanic *tawojan (cf. Old Frisian tawa, Old Saxon toian, Middle Dutch tauwen, Dutch touwen, Old High German zouwen "to prepare," Old High German zawen "to succeed," Gothic taujan "to make, prepare"), probably related to the root of Old English tol "tool" (see tool).

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