Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search


An arrow symbol.
Two arrows (projectiles) in a target.

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English arow, arwe, from Old English earh, arewe, arwe, from Proto-Germanic *arhwō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂érkʷo-(bow, arrow). Cognate with Faroese ørv, ørvur(arrow), Icelandic ör(arrow), örvar(arrows), Gothic 𐌰𐍂𐍈𐌰𐌶𐌽𐌰(arƕazna, a dart), Latin arquus, arcus(bow).



arrow ‎(plural arrows)

  1. A projectile consisting of a shaft, a point and a tail with stabilizing fins that is shot from a bow.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapterII:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
  2. A sign or symbol used to indicate a direction (e.g. ).
  3. (graph theory) A directed edge.
  4. (colloquial, darts) A dart.
  5. (computing) The -> symbol, which has specific meanings in various programming languages.
Derived terms[edit]
See also[edit]
The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.


arrow ‎(third-person singular simple present arrows, present participle arrowing, simple past and past participle arrowed)

  1. To move swiftly and directly (like an arrow)
  2. To let fly swiftly and directly
    • 2012 April 9, Mandeep Sanghera, “Tottenham 1 - 2 Norwich”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Jermain Defoe dinked in an equaliser and Gareth Bale hit the crossbar for the hosts before Elliott Bennett arrowed in Norwich's winner.

Etymology 2[edit]

Representing pronunciation.



  1. (obsolete) Contraction of ever a (sometimes used with a redundant a or an).
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 153:
      though he hath lived here this many years, I don't believe there is arrow a servant in the house ever saw the colour of his money.