Meaning of DOW in English


I. ˈdau̇, ˈdō, Scot ˈdəu̇ intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English dow, deih have worth, am good for something (1st & 3d singular present indicative of assumed dowen, plural present dowen, past doughte ), from Old English dēah, dēag (infin. assumed dugan, plural present dugon, past dohte ); akin to Old High German toug have worth (infin. assumed tugan, 3d plural present tugun ), Gothic daug have worth (infin. assumed dugan, 3d plural present assumed dugun ), Old Norse duga (infin.) to help — more at doughty

1. obsolete : to have worth, value, validity, availability, or suitableness

2. chiefly Scotland : to be able or capable

3. dialect Britain

a. : to thrive and prosper

b. : to recover from illness

c. : to feel sufficiently concerned to take action — usually used with a negative

II. ˈdau̇ transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English dowen, from Old French doer, douer, from Latin dotare, from dot-, dos gift, dower — more at dower

archaic : to endow or give as an endowment

he … dowed her with all the virtues in the Bible — Rudyard Kipling

III. ˈdü

dialect Britain

variant of dove

IV. ˈdəu̇ intransitive verb

Etymology: origin unknown

chiefly Scotland : to fade away : become dull or withered


variant of dhow

VI. ˈdau̇ noun

( -s )

Etymology: Hindi dāo, from Sanskrit dātra crooked knife, from dāti he cuts; akin to Sanskrit dayate he apportions — more at tide

: dah I

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