From Old English dugan, from Proto-Germanic *duganą. Cognate with Dutch deugen, German taugen, Swedish duga.
dow (third-person singular simple present dows, present participle dowing, simple past and past participle dowed or dought)
- (obsolete) To be worth.
- (obsolete) To be of use, have value.
- To have the strength for, to be able to.
- To thrive, prosper.
From French douer, from Latin dotare.
dow (third-person singular simple present dows, present participle dowing, simple past and past participle dowed)
- To furnish with a dower; to endow.
dow (plural dows)
- Alternative form of dhow
German Low German
Cognate with English deaf. The second meaning stems from the old misconception that dumb or deaf people were mentally disabled. German doof is taken from this word.
- dumb (not clever)
From Old Irish dam (“ox, stag”).
dow m (genitive ?, plural dew)
- stag, hart