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Old English[edit]


From Middle English -stow, from Old English -stōw, from Proto-Germanic *stōwō (place), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂w- (to set, place), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- (to stand). Akin to Old Norse -stó (place of), Old Frisian sto (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"