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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch vrouwe (lady), from Old Dutch *frōwa, from Proto-Germanic *frōwōn (woman), from Proto-Indo-European *prōw- (right; judge, master). Cognate with Dutch vrouw (woman, wife, lady, mistress), Low German frouw, frauw (woman, wife, lady), German Frau (woman, wife, lady), Swedish fru, Icelandic freyja (lady, mistress, in compounds), Old English frōwe (woman), Old English frēa (lord, master, husband).


frow (plural frows)

  1. A woman; a wife, especially a Dutch or German one.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)
  2. A slovenly woman; a wench; a lusty woman.
  3. A big, fat woman; a slovenly, coarse, or untidy woman; a woman of low character.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]


frow (plural frows)

  1. Alternative spelling of froe

Etymology 3[edit]


frow (comparative more frow, superlative most frow)

  1. (obsolete) brittle
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Evelyn to this entry?)

Etymology 4[edit]

Compare frower.


frow (plural frows)

  1. A cleaving tool with handle at right angles to the blade, for splitting cask staves and shingles from the block; a frower.