From Middle English *farow, *fargh (found only in the plural faren), from Old English fearh (“piglet”), from Proto-Germanic *farhaz (compare Dutch var (“male pig; boar”), Old High German farah), from Proto-Indo-European *pórḱos (compare Middle Irish orc (“piglet”), Latin porcus, Proto-Slavic *porsę (“pig, piglet”), Lithuanian par̃šas, Kurdish purs), from *perḱ- (“to dig”). Doublet of pork.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfæɹoʊ/, /ˈfɛɹoʊ/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfæɹəʊ/
- Rhymes: -æɹəʊ
farrow (plural farrows)
- A litter of piglets.
- 1949, Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces:
- She is the womb and the tomb: the sow that eats her farrow.
- To give birth to a (litter of piglets).
farrow (not comparable)