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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English trowen, trouwen, treuwen, treowen, from Old English trēowan, trīewan(to trust) and Old English trūwian(to trust, confide), from Proto-Germanic *triwwijaną(to trust) and Proto-Germanic *trūwijaną(to trust); both from Proto-Indo-European *drew-(faithful, true). Akin to Scots trow, trew(to believe, trust, confide in, prove), Dutch trouwen(to wed, marry), German trauen(to trust, marry), Danish, Norwegian Bokmål and Swedish tro(to believe, think), Norwegian Nynorsk tru(to believe, think), Icelandic trúa(to trust, believe, believe in).


trow ‎(third-person singular simple present trows, present participle trowing, simple past and past participle trowed)

  1. (archaic or dialectal) To trust or believe.
  2. (archaic or dialectal) To have confidence in, or to give credence to.


trow ‎(usually uncountable, plural trows)

  1. (archaic or dialectal) Trust or faith.

Etymology 2[edit]


trow ‎(countable and uncountable, plural trows)

  1. (dated, nautical, countable) Any of several flat-bottomed sailing boats used for fishing or for carrying bulk goods
  2. (Scotland, dated) troll