A Shetlandic and Orcadian alteration of trow, most likely influenced by an unattested Norn *drog ("malevolent [undead] being"). Trow is derived from Norn troll, or otherwise from Old Norse trǫll. L-vocalisation occurred in the early 15th century in Middle Scots, so "trolly knolls" probably became "trowie knowes" around this time. The supposed Norn *drog would have been derived from Old Norse draugr.
drow (plural drow)
- (fantasy gaming) a fictional race of dark elves in various fantasy settings, such as Dungeons & Dragons.
- (fantasy gaming) Drow language, a fictional constructed language spoken by the Drows.
- (rare, mythology) A variant of trow; a member of a race of folkloric beings from Orkney and Shetland; cognate to the Scandinavian troll.
- (a fictional race): dark elf
- noun 1 dro͞o
- noun 2 drou; dro͞o
- noun 3 dro͞o
- verb drou; drō
- A cold mist or a severe squall.
- Scottish variant of trow, a malignant spirit.
- A fit of illness or a qualm (compare dree.)
- A dialectal variant of throw