verb (used without object)


    tower of strength, a person who can be relied on for support, aid, or comfort, especially in times of difficulty.

Origin of tower

before 900; (noun) Middle English tour, earlier tur, tor < Old French < Latin turris < Greek týrris, variant of týrsis tower; Middle English tor perhaps in some cases continuing Old English torr < Latin turris, as above; (v.) late Middle English touren, derivative of the noun
Related formstow·er·less, adjectivetow·er·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for towered

Contemporary Examples of towered

Historical Examples of towered

  • From an immense discouraging distance, they towered imminent.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • It towered high over the clouds and rain; and none could say whereon it rested.

  • Then rising they towered, lifting brawny arms towards the stars.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • It towered up there beautiful, strong, virile, and fruitful.

  • A block of flats, constructed with extreme cheapness, towered on either hand.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

British Dictionary definitions for towered



  1. having a tower or towers
  2. (in combination)four-towered; high-towered



a tall, usually square or circular structure, sometimes part of a larger building and usually built for a specific purposea church tower; a control tower
a place of defence or retreat
a mobile structure used in medieval warfare to attack a castle, etc
tower of strength a person who gives support, comfort, etc


(intr) to be or rise like a tower; loom

Word Origin for tower

C12: from Old French tur, from Latin turris, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for towered



Old English torr, from Latin turris "high structure" (cf. Old French tor, 11c.; Spanish, Italian torre "tower"), possibly from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean language. Also borrowed separately 13c. as tour, from Old French tur. The modern spelling first recorded in 1520s. Meaning "lofty pile or mass" is recorded from mid-14c.



c.1400; see tower (n.). Related: Towered; towering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with towered


In addition to the idiom beginning with tower

  • tower of strength

also see:

  • ivory tower

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