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  • (US, UK) IPA(key): /pɹaʊ/
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  • (obsolete) IPA(key): /pɹoʊ/[1]
  • Rhymes: -aʊ

Etymology 1[edit]

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From Middle French proue, proe, from Ligurian prua, proa, from Latin prōra, from Ancient Greek πρῷρα (prôira).


prow (plural prows)

  1. (nautical) The front part of a vessel
    Synonyms: beak, bow, forestem, prore, stem
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost:
      The floating vessel swum / Uplifted, and secure with beaked prow / rode tilting o'er the waves.
    • 1918 September–November, Edgar Rice Burroughs, “The Land That Time Forgot”, in The Blue Book Magazine, Chicago, Ill.: Story-press Corp., →OCLC; republished as chapter IV, in Hugo Gernsback, editor, Amazing Stories, (please specify |part=I, II, or III), New York, N.Y.: Experimenter Publishing, 1927, →OCLC:
      We were already rather close in; but I ordered the U-33's prow turned inshore and we crept slowly along, constantly dipping up the water and tasting it to assure ourselves that we didn't get outside the fresh-water current.
  2. A vessel

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English prow, from Old French prou, from Late Latin prode; more at proud.


prow (comparative prower, superlative prowest)

  1. (archaic) Brave, valiant, gallant. [2]
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  1. ^ Principles of Engliſh Pronunciation.” in John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary [] , London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1791, →OCLC, page 37.
  2. ^ Merriam Webster’s Online Dictionary – prow [1]

Etymology 3[edit]


prow (plural prows)

  1. Alternative form of proa