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OW 5TO 2
WO 5 

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tow otw two wto owt wot

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Definitions and meaning of tow


Etymology 1

From Middle English towen, from Old English togian, from Proto-Germanic *tugōną (Middle High German zogen, German ziehen, Dutch tijgen, Old Norse toga), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk-.


  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: , IPA(key): /təʊ/
  • (US) enPR: , IPA(key): /toʊ/
  • Rhymes: -əʊ
  • Homophone: toe


tow (third-person singular simple present tows, present participle towing, simple past and past participle towed)

  1. (transitive) To pull something behind one using a line or chain; to haul.
  2. (running, cycling, motor racing, etc.) To aid someone behind by shielding them from wind resistance.


tow (plural tows)

  1. The act of towing and the condition of being towed.
    It isn't the car's battery; I think I need a tow.
  2. Something, such as a tugboat, that tows.
  3. Something, such as a barge, that is towed.
  4. A rope or cable used in towing.
  5. (motor racing) A speed increase given by driving in front of another car on a straight, which causes a slipstream for the car behind.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English touw, from Old English tow- (spinning) (in compounds, e.g. towcræft, towhūs, towlic), from Proto-Germanic *tawwą; compare Old Norse (uncleansed wool), Dutch touw (rope). Perhaps cognate with Old English tawian (prepare for use), Gothic 𐍄𐌰𐌿𐌾𐌰𐌽 (taujan, do, make).


  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: , IPA(key): /təʊ/, (rare) enPR: tou, IPA(key): /taʊ/
  • (US) enPR: , IPA(key): /toʊ/


tow (countable and uncountable, plural tows)

  1. An untwisted bundle of fibers such as cellulose acetate, flax, hemp or jute.
    • And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.
    1. (specifically) The short, coarse, less desirable fibers separated by hackling from the finer longer fibers (line).
Derived terms
  • tow haired
  • towhead
Related terms
  • taw
  • hards, oakum



  • OTW, WTO, owt, two, wot

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • towe, towȝ, towȝe, tough, towhe, togh, tawe, toow


From Old English tow-; for more see English tow.


  • IPA(key): /tɔu̯/
  • Rhymes: -ɔu̯



  1. Unprepared flax, especially used as a firestarter.
  2. The fibrous matter of flax or a similar plant; (tow).
  3. Oakum, hards; the rough portion of flax separated during hackling.


  • English: tow
  • Scots: towe


  • “tou, n.(1).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-05-27.

  • TOVARISCH, (Russian) friend, comrade.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)