verb (used with or without object) Archaic.

to believe, think, or suppose.

Origin of trow

before 900; Middle English trowen, Old English trēow(i)an to believe, derivative of trēow belief; akin to Old Norse trūa, German trauen, Gothic trauan to trust, believe. See trust, true Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trow

Historical Examples of trow

  • “If an angel be a messenger of God, I trow he is one,” said Tibble.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • “One of thy old doctors in barnacles, I trow,” said Stephen.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • I said nought to him, for I trow thou wouldst not have him know thy plight!

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • But now, youngster, I have answered you freely, and I trow it is time that you answered me.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • And should we bid him bring us yet another course, I trow his answer will be tart!

    A Tangled Tale

    Lewis Carroll

British Dictionary definitions for trow



archaic to think, believe, or trust

Word Origin for trow

Old English treow; related to Old Frisian triūwe, Old Saxon treuwa, Old High German triuwa; see troth, true
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Word Origin and History for trow

Old English treowian "to trust, believe," from treow "faith, belief," from Proto-Germanic *truwian (see true). Cognate with German trauen.

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