rouw

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch rouwe, ruwe, from Old Dutch *reuwa, from Proto-Germanic *hrewwōn, *hrewwō (pain, sadness, regret, repentance). Cognate with Old English hrēow, German Reue, Old Norse hryggr. More at rue. The noun rouw belongs to the verb rouwen.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

rouw m (uncountable)

  1. mourning
  2. sorrow, grief

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References[edit]

  1. ^ de Vries / de Tollenaere, "Etymologisch Woordenboek", Utrecht 1986 (14de druk), ISBN 90-274-3459-X; article rouw

Verb[edit]

rouw

  1. first-person singular present indicative of rouwen
  2. imperative of rouwen