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See also: stow and Stow

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From stōw (place), from Proto-Germanic *stōwō (place), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂w- (to set, place), from *steh₂- (to stand). Akin to Old Norse -stó (place of), Old Frisian stō (place), Gothic 𐍃𐍄𐍉𐌾𐌰𐌽 (stōjan, to judge, place). Confer the similar usage in forming toponyms in the cognate Indo-Iranian suffix -stan. See also stow.



-stōw f

  1. Suffix found in many placenames denoting "place" or "place of"
  2. place, area; provenance of, office of, jurisdiction of
    folcstōw "a place in the country"
    friþstōw "a place of peace, sanctuary, refuge, asylum"
    fulwihtstōw "a baptistry, place where one is baptized"
    moldstōw "a site; sepulcre"
    mōtstōw "a forum"
    nēahstōw "neighborhood; vicinity"
    mynsterstōw "town, township"