[ 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.

Origin of taw

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

Related forms

taw·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tawer (1 of 2)


/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for tawer (2 of 2)


/ (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 Forms

tawer, noun

Word Origin for taw

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