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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 tro(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 ‎(countable and uncountable, plural trows)

  1. (archaic or dialectal, uncountable) 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