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See also: Taw

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English tawen, from Old English tawian (to do, make), from Proto-Germanic *tawjaną (to make, prepare), from Proto-Indo-European *dewǝ- (to tie to, secure). Cognate with Dutch touwen (to rope, tether, curry), Dutch tuien (to fasten with ropes), German Tau (rope, hawser, cable), Gothic 𐍄𐌰𐌿𐌾𐌰𐌽 (taujan, to make, prepare). Related to tool and tether.

VerbEdit

taw (third-person singular simple present taws, present participle tawing, simple past and past participle tawed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To prepare or dress, as hemp, by beating; to tew; hence, to beat; to scourge.
  2. (transitive) To dress and prepare, as the skins of sheep, lambs, goats, and kids, for gloves, and the like, by imbuing them with alum, salt, and other agents, for softening and bleaching them.
  3. (transitive) Specifically, to turn (animals’ hide) into leather, usually by soaking it in a certain solution.
Related termsEdit

NounEdit

taw (plural taws)

  1. (obsolete) Tawed leather.

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Etymology 2Edit

Unknown.

NounEdit

taw (plural taws)

  1. A favorite marble in the game of marbles.
  2. A line or mark from which the players begin a game of marbles.
  3. ring-taw
  4. (square dancing) dance partner
    Walk around your corner, see-saw around your taw.
  5. A favorite person; beloved, partner, spouse.

VerbEdit

taw (third-person singular simple present taws, present participle tawing, simple past and past participle tawed)

  1. to shoot a marble

Etymology 3Edit

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PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

taw (plural taws)

  1. The twenty-second and last letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
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Etymology 4Edit

Compare tew (to tow), and tow.

VerbEdit

taw (third-person singular simple present taws, present participle tawing, simple past and past participle tawed)

  1. To push; to tug; to tow.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Drayton to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

ReferencesEdit

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

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WelshEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Celtic *tā- (compare Old Irish at·tá), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- (to stand).

ConjunctionEdit

taw

  1. (South Wales) that (introduces a noun clause, marking it for emphasis)
    • 1990, Y Faner, p. 8 (quoted in D.A. Thorne, A Comprehensive Welsh Grammar, Blackwell 1993, p. 377):
      Gadewch imi ddatgan taw gwaith caled fydd y cyfan.
      Let me declare that hard work it will all be.
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Etymology 2Edit

VerbEdit

taw

  1. second-person singular imperative of tewi