Origin of towrope

First recorded in 1735–45; tow1 + rope Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for towrope

Historical Examples of towrope

  • I had to remain on deck to look after the ship, for the tug had got hold of our towrope already.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • The Nancy Hanks got through the lock and the mules picked up the slack of the towrope again at Louise's vigorous suggestion.

  • The towrope was warped round trees and the loaded canoe tracked up the cascade.

  • Kit looked aft and saw Campeador's boat, lifted half her length out of water, at the end of the towrope.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck

    Harold Bindloss

  • Very gallant escorts use a towrope when accompanying a lady on a wheeling spin.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

British Dictionary definitions for towrope


  1. a rope or cable used for towing a vehicle or vesselAlso called: towline
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