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Old English[edit]


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). Compare the similar usage in forming toponyms in the cognate Indo-Iranian suffix -stan. See also stow.




  1. suffix found in many placenames denoting "place" or "place of"
    BryċġstōwBristol; literally: the place by the bridge
  2. place, area; provenance of, office of, jurisdiction of
    folcstōwa place in the country
    friþstōwa place of peace, sanctuary, refuge, asylum
    fulwihtstōwa baptistry, place where one is baptized
    moldstōwa site; sepulcre
    mōtstōwa forum
    nēahstōwneighbourhood; vicinity
    mynsterstōwtown, township