Prow

  • 1 Prow — Prow, n. [OE. & OF. prou. See {Prow}, a.] Benefit; profit; good; advantage. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] That shall be for your hele and for your prow. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Prow — Prow, n. [F. proue (cf. Sp. & Pg. proa, It. prua), L. prora, Gr. ?, akin to ? before. See {Pro }, and cf. {Prore}.] The fore part of a vessel; the bow; the stem; hence, the vessel itself. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] The floating vessel swum… …

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  • 3 Prow — Prow, n. See {Proa}. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 Prow — Prow, a. [Compar. {Prower}; superl. {Prowest}.] [OF. prou, preu, F. preux, fr. L. pro, prod, in prodesse to be useful. See {Pro }, and cf. {Prude}.] Valiant; brave; gallant; courageous. [Archaic] Tennyson. [1913 Webster] The prowest knight that… …

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  • 5 prow — 1550s, from M.Fr. proue, from It. (Genoese) prua, from V.L. *proda, by dissimilation from L. prora prow, from Gk. proira, related to pro before, forward, proi early in the morning …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 prow — prow·ess; prow; …

    English syllables

  • 7 prow — prow1 [prou] adj. [ME < OFr prou, brave, var. of prud: see PROUD] Archaic valiant; brave prow2 [prou] n. [Fr proue, earlier proe < It dial. (Genoese) prua < L prora < Gr prōira, prow: for IE base see PROVINCE] 1. the forward part of a …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 prow — [prau] n [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: proue, from Latin prora, from Greek proira, from pro forward ] especially literary the front part of a ship or boat …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 prow — [ prau ] noun count MAINLY LITERARY the front of a ship or boat …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 prow — ► NOUN ▪ the pointed front part of a ship; the bow. ORIGIN Old French proue, from Greek pr ira …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 Prow — The prow is the very most forward part of a ship s bow that cuts through the water. The prow and stem and its surrounding parts of a ship is often used interchangably. It is often depicted in movies with carved figurehead in the form of a mermaid …

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  • 12 prow — prow1 prowed, adj. /prow/, n. 1. the forepart of a ship or boat; bow. 2. the front end of an airship. 3. Literary. a ship. [1545 55; < MF proue < Upper It (Genoese) prua < L prora < Gk prôira] prow2 /prow/ …

    Universalium

  • 13 prow — UK [praʊ] / US noun [countable] Word forms prow : singular prow plural prows mainly literary the front of a ship or boat …

    English dictionary

  • 14 prow — 1. noun /pɹaʊ/ The fore part of a vessel; the bow; the stem; hence, the vessel itself. We were already rather close in; but I ordered the U 33s prow turned inshore and we crept slowly along, constantly dipping up the water and tasting it to… …

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  • 15 prow — [16] ‘Being in front’ is the etymological notion that underlies prow. It comes ultimately from Greek próira ‘front of a ship’, which was probably a derivative of Indo European *pro ‘before, in front’. It reached English via Latin prōra and Old… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 prow — [[t]pra͟ʊ[/t]] prows N COUNT The prow of a ship or boat is the front part of it …

    English dictionary

  • 17 prow — noun the prow of the skiff Syn: bow(s), stem, front, nose, head, cutwater …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 prow — I [[t]praʊ[/t]] n. 1) naut. navig. the forepart of a ship or boat; bow 2) aer. cv a similar projecting forepart, as the nose of an airplane • Etymology: 1545–55; < MF proue < Upper It (Genoese) prua < L prōra < Gk prôira II prow… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 prow — /praʊ / (say prow) noun 1. the forepart of a ship or boat above the waterline; the bow. 2. Poetic a ship. {French proue, from Italian dialect (Genoese) proa, from Latin prōra, from Greek proira} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 prow — [16] ‘Being in front’ is the etymological notion that underlies prow. It comes ultimately from Greek próira ‘front of a ship’, which was probably a derivative of Indo European *pro ‘before, in front’. It reached English via Latin prōra and Old… …

    Word origins


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