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English[edit]

An arrow symbol.
Two arrows (projectiles) in a target.

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English arow, arwe, from Old English earh, arewe, arwe, from Proto-Germanic *arhwō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂érkʷo- (bow, arrow). Cognate with Faroese ørv, ørvur (arrow), Icelandic ör (arrow), Gothic [script needed] (arhwazna, a dart), Latin arquus, arcus (bow).

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Noun[edit]

arrow (plural arrows)

  1. A projectile consisting of a shaft, a point and a tail with stabilizing fins that is shot from a bow.
  2. A sign or symbol used to indicate a direction (e.g. \to).
  3. (graph theory) A directed edge.
  4. (colloquial, darts) A dart.
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Verb[edit]

arrow (third-person singular simple present arrows, present participle arrowing, simple past and past participle arrowed)

  1. To move swiftly and directly (like an arrow)
  2. To let fly swiftly and directly
    • 2012 April 9, Mandeep Sanghera, “Tottenham 1 - 2 Norwich”, BBC Sport:
      Jermain Defoe dinked in an equaliser and Gareth Bale hit the crossbar for the hosts before Elliott Bennett arrowed in Norwich's winner.

Etymology 2[edit]

Representing pronunciation.

Contraction[edit]

arrow

  1. (obsolete) Contraction of ever a.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 153:
      though he hath lived here this many years, I don't believe there is arrow a servant in the house ever saw the colour of his money.