taw

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English tawen, from Old English tawian (to do, make), from Proto-Germanic *tawjaną (to make, prepare), from Proto-Indo-European *dewǝ- (to tie to, secure). Cognate with Dutch touwen (to rope, tether, curry), Dutch tuien (to fasten with ropes), German Tau (rope, hawser, cable), Gothic 𐍄𐌰𐌿𐌾𐌰𐌽 (taujan, to make, prepare). Related to tool and tether.

Verb[edit]

taw (third-person singular simple present taws, present participle tawing, simple past and past participle tawed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To prepare or dress, as hemp, by beating; to tew; hence, to beat; to scourge.
  2. (transitive) To dress and prepare, as the skins of sheep, lambs, goats, and kids, for gloves, and the like, by imbuing them with alum, salt, and other agents, for softening and bleaching them.
  3. (transitive) Specifically, to turn (animals’ hide) into leather, usually by soaking it in a certain solution.
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Noun[edit]

taw (plural taws)

  1. (obsolete) Tawed leather.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Unknown.

Noun[edit]

taw (plural taws)

  1. A favorite marble in the game of marbles.
  2. A line or mark from which the players begin a game of marbles.
  3. ring-taw
  4. (square dancing) dance partner
    Walk around your corner, see-saw around your taw.
  5. A favorite person; beloved, partner, spouse.

Verb[edit]

taw (third-person singular simple present taws, present participle tawing, simple past and past participle tawed)

  1. to shoot a marble

Etymology 3[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

taw (plural taws)

  1. The twenty-second and last letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
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Etymology 4[edit]

Compare tew (to tow), and tow.

Verb[edit]

taw (third-person singular simple present taws, present participle tawing, simple past and past participle tawed)

  1. To push; to tug; to tow.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Drayton to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

References[edit]

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

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Welsh[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *tā- (compare Old Irish at·tá), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- (to stand).

Conjunction[edit]

taw

  1. (South Wales) that (introduces a noun clause, marking it for emphasis)
    • 1990, Y Faner, p. 8 (quoted in D.A. Thorne, A Comprehensive Welsh Grammar, Blackwell 1993, p. 377):
      Gadewch imi ddatgan taw gwaith caled fydd y cyfan.
      Let me declare that hard work it will all be.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

taw

  1. second-person singular imperative of tewi